The PLEX Planning Crew and the Calgary swing dance community is committed to hosting a fun, inclusive, safe, community event for everybody. All participants of PLEX are expected to uphold the same commitment. Below is outlined our Safer Spaces Conduct Policy. If you have any concerns about the policy or registration list, please do not hesitate to contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
PLEX Code of Conduct.
The Prairie Lindy Exchange (PLEX) is a dance, music and social event committed to providing an environment that is inclusive, lighthearted, enjoyable, fun and safe for everyone who participates. We welcome all dancers and lovers of music to PLEX; there is room for all of us on the dance floor!
As a PLEX attendee, volunteer or organizer, you are a valued part of the experience that makes PLEX so special. Here are a few important guidelines that will support ensuring that PLEX is a great experience for everyone! All participants are expected to read and follow the guidelines listed here.
Everyone can expect an environment free from harassment. Regardless of your gender, gender identity, race, sexual orientation, ability, physical appearance, religion, age or dance experience we want you to feel comfortable at PLEX. We want you to be able to participate at PLEX without having to confront harassment of any kind, including unwelcome interest or inappropriate language or comments. PLEX will not tolerate harassment of any kind at the event.
Everyone is encouraged to ask anyone, regardless of dance role, skill level, or experience to dance. Anyone may politely and graciously turn down a dance with no obligation to provide a reason. If you ask someone to dance and they say “No thank you”, don’t take it personally. No one is obliged to dance with you. Likewise if you are asked to dance and you don’t want to, say “No thank you” and leave it at that. You are not obliged to dance with anyone. If someone asks you to dance and you do want to, say “Yes, please!” Nothing is better than enthusiastic consent!
We will all take into consideration the safety and comfort of those around us, including our partner, when we are dancing. We will alter our holds and moves to accommodate each partner’s body type and personal boundaries. Dancing can become a contact sport when the dance floor is busy, if you or your partner have a collision with someone else on the dance floor, check to ensure all involved are okay before continuing to dance. Air steps (aerials) can be unsafe and are therefore not permitted on the social dance floor. Save them for performances, competitions and jam circles and only when you have the consent of your partner.
Be a positive and considerate participant in this wonderful event, and help make the experience for your fellow dancers one that they will treasure.
If you experience or witness harassment or any other violations of this code there are several options for you to choose from:
Raise the concern with the party (or parties) involved if you are comfortable addressing the issue yourself – all participants are expected to read and follow this Code of Conduct
Speak to a safer space advocate. The names of the safer space advocates are listed on the event page and website. The names will also be announced at the event.
Speak to one of this years organizers of PLEX
Speak to an event volunteer to direct you to one of the organizers or safer space advocates
Speak to a friend, someone you are comfortable with, and ask them to join you in speaking to an organizer or advocate or speak to them on your behalf
Please remember, your courage in bringing forward concerns can go a long way in helping to educate someone who might not realize their behaviour is inappropriate and it can keep incidents from being repeated or escalating.
Event organizers will attend to all concerns brought forward with care and discretion, according to the needs and wishes of the concerned party and the severity of the concern. Ideally, these occurrences will be used as learning moments so that we can all improve our knowledge of how to treat each other with respect and dignity. However, event organizers may take any action they deem appropriate, including warning the offender or removing them from the event.