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CODE OF CONDUCT

 

LONG BUT IMPORTANT...

Code of Conduct & Safer Space Policy

Our collective health and safety are paramount. As such MMFX have taken the decision that, on top of UK government guidance at the time (TBA), all attendees must be double vaccinated with a government approved 'COVID Passport' ready to display at registration. If any of the following text can be interpreted to conflict, this first paragraph takes priority.

Dance roles (lead and follow) are not tied to gender. We encourage all dancers to dance their preferred role at any given time. We encourage all dancers to avoid assumptions regarding dance roles and to check in with their partners about their preferred role.

While there is always some risk associated with any physical activity, we want to prevent injuries before they happen. You agree that you will not attempt any movement you feel unsafe doing or could reasonably be expected to trigger any pre-existing condition you have. You also accept personal responsibility for all movements and the consequences of those movements you perform at any time during the MMFX event.

Additionally, unsafe dancing is any movement that puts anyone at an increased risk of physical injury. This includes, but is not limited to, yanking or jerking your partner around or forceful movement when leading or following (risk of shoulder, arm, and upper-back injuries), bending over your partner during a dip when leading (risk of lower back injuries), sudden weight sharing when following (don’t dip yourself), or any lift where both of your partner’s feet go above your knees. You may be asked to stop your dance if your movement endangers you, your partner, or any other dancers on the social floor. If you are unsure what constitutes unsafe dancing, please ask the organiser or any instructor.

The MMFX Crew is dedicated to providing a harassment-free and safe social dance experience for everyone regardless of dance ability, dance background, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, physical ability, appearance, body size, race, age, religion or any other characteristic or trait.

We take zero tolerance to harassment in any form. Individuals violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the venue at the discretion of the organisers. In addition, violation of Safer Spaces policy will be recorded and, if deemed appropriate by the event organisers, shared with other event organisers to promote safety across the dance scene.

We will endeavour to address any form of harassment. Harassment includes: verbal comments that reinforce social structures of power related to any of the characteristic or trait, sexual acts or images in public spaces, deliberate intimidation, stalking, harassing photography or recording, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome and unreciprocated sexual attention. When asked to stop any harassing behaviour, participants are expected to comply immediately and for the duration of the event. If a participant engages in harassing or unsafe behavior, the event organisers will take any action they deem appropriate, including issuing a warning, or the expulsion of the offender from the event with no refund.

If you are being made to feel uncomfortable/uneasy, if you are being harassed or notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact any of the Safer Spaces Team or Event Organiser. Contact the front desk volunteer if you need assistance locating a Safer Spaces Team member or Event Organiser.

What you can expect if you approach the Safer Spaces team or Event Organiser:

  • A private conversation with a member of the team, who will take an anonymised note of the conversation, and discuss some potential options for action with you.

  • If you raise concerns about a breach of the MMFX Code of Conduct, we will pass on the note of the conversation to a member of the MMFX Organising team.

  • Our utmost concern is the safety of all our attendees, and we may choose to take action that could include sending someone to ‘cool off’ or excluding individuals from the event. We will always take into consideration any action that you personally would like to take.

  • We will contact the Police if you ask us to, or if there’s an immediate risk to anyone at the event.

  • If we receive reports of predatory behaviour, unwanted sexual attention or sexual assault, we may pass on the names of offenders to other organisers to promote safety across the dance scene.

We appreciate your assistance in keeping MMFX as safe as possible for everyone.

This code of conduct has been adapted from Sundown blues code of conduct and the example anti harassment policy from the Geek Feminism wiki.

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