Safe Space

Safe Space Policy

As part of its ethos of inclusivity and respect, Dance Base aims to challenge discrimination and prejudice, ensuring it is a Safe Space for everyone. We believe dance is for everyone, and everyone can dance.

To demonstrate our commitment to this, we are launching our Safe Space Policy that will be presented throughout the building to encourage an atmosphere of openness and positivity.

This will present a zero tolerance to intimidation or harassment resulting from prejudice or discrimination on the grounds of:

  • Age
  • Disability
  • Gender
  • Marital or maternity/paternity status
  • Race
  • Religious beliefs
  • Sexual orientation
  • Socio-economic status
  • Ideology or culture, or any other form of distinction.

 

The Policy

Dance Base operates under a Safe Space Policy which covers all Dance Base spaces and events. The aim of this policy is to create an environment in which everyone feels welcome, respected, and able to fully engage with our programmes.

It sets out our collective commitment to the principles of liberation, equality, diversity, and inclusion which we place at the heart of everything we do.

 

Safe Space Commitments

  • Let’s be aware of those around us
  • Let’s be respectful or each other’s physical and emotional boundaries
  • Let’s conduct ourselves in a positive and respectful manner
  • Let’s listen to each other
  • Let’s not make assumptions about another person’s gender, preferred pronouns, sexuality, disability, ethnic identity or life experiences
  • Let’s communicate respectfully, even when challenged on our behaviour

Contact Details

If you would like to discuss your experiences, positive or negative, ask any questions about our policy or report an incident, you can email either of the people below:

Alternatively, speak to a Duty Manager at reception who will be able to put you in touch with an appropriate person.

We will take your concern seriously and commit to respond within 7 days.

The Dance Base Safe Space Procedure is confidential and impartial. Incidents will be handled on a case-by-case basis. All incidents will be treated confidentially, respectfully and will be taken seriously. If an individual is found to have breached the Safe Space Policy they may face actions that could include the following, at the discretion of Dance Base’s Chief Executive:

  • Verbal Warning
  • Request for an Acknowledgement of Wrongdoing and Apology
  • Removal from Venue
  • Dance Base staff disciplinary procedures

Incidents may also be referred for investigation under Dance Base’s Disciplinary Procedure.

Complaints against members of Dance Base staff will be referred to the Dance Base Disciplinary Policy.

Further Guidelines

This is a set of guidelines that apply to every class, performance or workshop organised at Dance Base and to general conduct within our studios and other spaces within the venue:

  • Dance is an art form and art can benefit from constructive discussion and criticism. Dance Base encourages constructive contributions and comments, but we should never become disruptive or rude towards others. Hostile / aggressive comments have the ability to discourage others from voicing their opinions. Make sure everyone has a chance to participate.
  • Discrimination of any kind is unacceptable and will be challenged. This includes, but is not limited to: racism, ageism, homophobia, biphobia, acephobia, transphobia, sexism, body-shaming, slut-shaming or ableism. Similarly, prejudice based on ethnicity, nationality, class, gender identity, gender presentation, language, ability, asylum status, political or religious affiliation will not be tolerated. Direct or indirect personal attacks are strictly not permitted; it is important that everyone feel equally comfortable here.
  • All venue users have the right to their own ideas, beliefs and opinions. Venue users have the right to express these with equal respect and consideration from other venue users. Saying you don’t agree and why can be done in a polite and respectful way without causing offence.
  • While everybody’s views are important and discussion is encouraged we would like everyone to be aware that differing experiences may give some people a deeper understanding of some issues than other people. We encourage members to take others’ perspectives into account when discussing controversial topics and to acknowledge that structural inequalities in our society can affect the way that an individual experiences the world.
  • If you wish to draw attention to an area where someone may have acted/spoken in a manner that does not conform to these guidelines then this must be done in a constructive way that is conducive to a learning environment. This must not be done in a dismissive or derogatory way. Drawing attention to the fact that an individual may be approaching a topic with some biases is acceptable, if it is accompanied by an explanation. We understand that this may be difficult, so if you do not feel able to do this in a neutral manner, please contact us one of the named safe space contacts above via email.