BLUESQUAKE 2017 CODE OF CONDUCT

Purpose

We strive to create welcoming and safe space for every participant, regardless of gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, race, age, disability, religion, physical appearance, body size, age, or dance ability. This Code of Conduct is to create clear expectations about the BluesQuake community culture, and to clearly article who to contact for more support or when difficulties or conflict arise.

Community Expectations

Our expectations of all participants at BluesQuake, including dancers, organizers, instructors, musicians, and DJs.

  • EMPATHETIC REGARD: Treat people as they want to be treated. If you don’t know how they want to be treated, ask.

  • RESPECT: Respect and be courteous to your fellow dancers and their decisions, even if you don’t understand the decisions themselves. This includes respecting yourself and your decisions.

  • DIVERSITY: Embrace diversity of people and dance. Honor each individual’s culture, movement and dance background. That’s part of what makes dances like this amazing!

  • COMMUNICATION: We encourage a culture of consent; you are expected to clearly communicate your actions, intentions, boundaries, and needs. When making requests, it is everyone’s responsibility to allow others space to deliberate. We ask that you receive verbal and non-verbal communication and respond appropriately.

  • CONFLICT RESOLUTION: We encourage you to be proactive in resolving conflicts. If you would like support in resolving a conflict, reach out to a community member, manager, or organizer. The manager team is eager to support you in resolving any issues that arise. If you are not comfortable bringing a concern to a manager directly, feel free to ask a friend to do so on your behalf.

  • IMPACT: We expect everyone present in the space to be aware of how their actions are impacting others around them. This includes choices to consume alcohol and cannabis. We encourage people to participate in creating a welcoming space where we can celebrate together.

  • FEELINGS: All of your feelings are valid and welcome in the space. We encourage you to acknowledge your feelings and what they are telling you, to support yourself and others in being where they are at, and to allow your feelings to be expressed and transformed in your movement and relationships.

Substances Policy

Participants are prohibited from use or possession of cannabis at or near all venues. Inform yourself and abide by all applicable CA laws, including the prohibition of providing alcohol or cannabis to anyone under 21 years of age. If, while under the influence of any substance, you are not able to follow this Code of Conduct, we will exercise our right to limit your participation in and/or exclude you from the event (see exclusion policy below).

Photo Policy

If you don’t want to be photographed, grab a “no photo” wristband from the front desk!
Even if you don’t have a wristband, let photographers know what you want. For instance:

  • If someone is taking a picture of you when you do not want them to;

  • If someone is too close to you while taking a picture;

  • If you want a photo of you deleted. Please ask immediately after it was taken or as soon as possible.

Who do I talk to?

We encourage you to let a Manager know if you feel uncomfortable, have questions or comments, would like more support, want to report an instance of harassment involving yourself, or want to report witnessing a case of harassment.
Managers are designated by glow-in-the-dark wristbands. Please ask at the registration desk if you have trouble locating a Manager.

You may also email bluesquakeinfo@gmail.com.

If you would like your feedback to be anonymous, please send us a message at http://www.bluesquake.com/contact/ where your email is optional.

Exclusion Policy

Though we show compassion for individuals who have demonstrated a history of harming others at or outside of the event, we reserve the right to ask individuals to leave or modify their behavior if they are acting in a manner that does not meet the community expectations outlined in this policy. We also may limit their participation in and/or exclude them from our event.