[Callers] Proactive Management of “Problem Dancers” — Creating a Dance Environment Safe for All

Kalia Kliban via Callers callers at lists.sharedweight.net
Mon Dec 14 18:04:56 PST 2015

Thanks for sharing this, Will!  Organizers out there, how many of you 
have a coherent contingency plan in place for dealing with issues that 
occur at your dances?  How many of you have had to deal with issues on 
the fly, making it up as you go?  Those of you that do have a plan, how 
did you develop it?  Did it come as a response to a previous issue, or 
did you decide to be proactive in advance of anything happening?  Did 
your policy come from the top levels of the organization down, or was it 
organized by a non-administrative dancer or group of dancers?  Do you 
have any sort of script or manual for your door sitters?  Do you include 
information in your beginner sessions so your new dancers know who to 
talk to if there's a problem?

I'm curious about the varied ways these policies have been implemented. 
  Our itty bitty English dance series here in Sebastopol has been pretty 
free of drama, but the local contras have had occasional moments of 
unwelcome excitement over the years.  It seems like a good idea to get 
an organization-wide policy of consent and safety in place.

Does BACDS have such a policy?  How about NBCDS?  If there is one, how 
is it expressed, and where?


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