Code of Conduct

1. Goal
We LCFD members are committed to hosting dance events that are fun and inclusive for all. We have adopted this Code of Conduct policy to foster physical and emotional safety for everyone and to ensure our LGBTQIA+ community feels especially welcome and secure.

2. Background and Overview
Folk dancing involves close physical proximity, hand-holding, and other forms of physical contact, which are not present in many other activities. As such, obtaining consent and making concerted efforts to communicate clearly are particularly important. Members of our community have different tolerances for physical contact, direct social interaction, and the physical environment around them. We also have differing physical, emotional, and social abilities and sensitivities. To ensure everyone’s safety and well-being, we do not tolerate harassment in any form whether at LCFD events or in interactions taking place in relation to LCFD events, such as socializing after the official end of a dance, volunteering for LCFD, or on social media relating to LCFD. We take our commitment seriously and are prepared to address any violations to this Code of Conduct policy or to the values stated herein. 

3. Values and Conduct
As an explicitly LGBTQIA+ dance community, we hold the following values and expect this corresponding conduct:
a. Community mindedness
i. Be inclusive and dance with partners of all ages, genders, gender presentations, identities, experience levels, etc.
ii. Avoid assuming anyone’s gender, pronouns, or identity. Refer to people in non-gendered ways until you can determine the language and pronouns individuals want used for and about them.
iii. Be respectful to fellow dancers, callers, volunteers, dance organizers, etc. Recognize that our dance events take a great deal of effort from many individuals, and consider pitching in to help.
iv. Ask if people want feedback before giving it (except relating to others not hurting you).
v. Change partners each dance and try to avoid booking ahead.|vi. Dance with the whole line and hall, not just your partner. 

b. Consent and communication
i. Ask anyone to dance and when asked, politely accept or refuse. No one is obligated to dance with anyone else, and declining to dance with one person does not preclude dancing that dance with someone else.
ii. Understand that if you have asked someone to dance and they decline, you are encouraged not to ask that same person to dance again during the same dance session.
iii. Communicate with partners about role preference, injuries, sensitivities, twirls, flirting, etc.
iv. Recognize that eye contact is a part of our dance culture but is optional for all.|v. Realize that hugging or other intimate behavior is never obligated. Physical touch requires enthusiastic consent.
vi. Acknowledge that consent is situational and can be revoked at any time.
c. Physical safety
i. Dance to avoid injuring others, for example by using open hand holds, holding your own weight, stopping when someone asks to stop or indicates that they are in pain.
ii. Offer flourishes, but only complete them if the other dancer accepts the flourish. Dancers who are unsure of how to accept or decline flourishes, or how to interpret others' responses, are encouraged to ask an organizer for advice or seek verbal consent from other dancers before flourishing.
iii. Be responsible for your own body and clothing on the dance floor and avoid bumping or stepping on other dancers. Take special care when the hall is crowded, and be observant of others who may have special physical needs or limitations.
iv. Be conscious of scent sensitivities. LCFD events and weekends are fragrance-free, and you may be asked to leave an event if your perfume, scented deodorant, scented shampoo, etc. poses a health risk to other attendees. Please familiarize yourself with LCFD’s fragrance-free policy here:

  4. Prohibited Behavior
In addition to the above values and conduct, we expect everyone in our community to avoid the following prohibited behavior:
a. Discrimination and harassment in all forms.
b. Pushing anyone on their boundaries or stated dance preferences.
c. Inappropriate physical contact
d. Overtly sexual attention without enthusiastic consent.
e. Unwanted or unwelcome behavior (sexual or otherwise) which makes a person feel offended, humiliated, or intimidated
f. Verbal comments that are demeaning, disempowering, or discomforting including those based on appearance or identity
g. Yelling or swearing at others or using language reasonably expected to make another person feel inferior
h. Intrusive questions or statements about others' private lives
i. Stalking, deliberate intimidation, or unsolicited following
j. Harassing photography or recording
k. Ignoring reasonable requests to change one's behavior, regardless of whether that behavior is a normal part of LCFD culture.
l. Putting others’ physical safety at risk.
m. Arriving intoxicated or using drugs, alcohol, weapons, or tobacco on-site.
n. Dipping other dancers without explicit consent.
o. Performing aerials, such as flips, even with explicit consent.
p. Advocating for or encouraging any of the above behavior

5. Incident Reporting
Please report violations of this policy, as well as any other behavior that you find concerning whether from a dancer, organizer, volunteer, guest, etc. Your courage in reporting helps ensure everyone’s safety and creates a welcoming space for the entire spectrum of our LGBTQIA+ community. Please report as soon as possible.
\a. If anyone at an LCFD event makes you feel unsafe or unwelcome, please discuss what happened with that person if you feel OK doing so, and make a report.
b. If you do not feel OK discussing directly or you feel the discussion has not been successful—please include this info in your report. If you would tell a friend, it is worth reporting.
c. To make a report, please approach an organizer at the event, reach out to an LCFD officer, or email (TBA).
d. You are welcome to include your own support person when reporting.

6. Incident Resolutions
a. We recognize that each situation requires individual consideration. Organizers and/or officers who receive reports of policy violations will:
b. Listen to the experience of anyone who has been harmed and their needs for safety.
c. Discuss next steps with the person reporting the problem.
d. Approach the person or people whose conduct was reported and listen to their experience. Discuss and identify what they can do to avoid making others feel uncomfortable, and ask them to commit to doing it.
e. Share internal communication about the incident as needed to safeguard our community, but respect specific requests for anonymity and/or privacy.
f. Devise and implement resolutions to reported problems, such as vigilance, warning, follow-up discussion, mediation, expulsion from the event, contacting law enforcement or local support services, providing escorts, and/or banning from future events.