Safer Spaces Policy

By attending any part of Sweet Molasses Blues (SMB), I am agreeing to abide by this policy.

I realize if I do something inappropriate, whether or not it’s mentioned in this policy, there may be consequences. These consequences may range from an organizer talking about my behavior with me to legal action against me. I will always comply with whatever a member of the SMB staff asks me to do which, for serious or repeated offenses, may include temporary or permanent ejection from the event without a refund and being banned from future events.

If I experience or witness any behavior that’s inappropriate or makes someone feel uncomfortable, I will bring it to an organizer’s attention immediately. If something like this happens during a class, I will bring it to the attention of an instructor.

I will respect everyone at the event, regardless of their age, race, religion, nationality, creed, sex, gender expression, sexual orientation, weight, ability, dance skill, politics, lifestyle, and personal boundaries. Actually, just to be safe, I’ll be nice to everyone no matter what.

I will strictly respect the physical and personal boundaries of my fellow attendees on and off the dance floor. I realize that I can make others uncomfortable even without intending to, which is why I will always ask for permission from others before touching, hugging, cuddling, or other seemingly innocent forms of physical contact. I realize that only verbal “yes” means “yes.”

I understand the difference between expressing your sexuality through dance and engaging in sexual behavior while dancing. I will NEVER engage in sexual behavior on the dance floor.

I realize that my Number One responsibility during any dance is to make sure that my partner, myself, and those around me are safe and comfortable. I will do my best to make sure that my dancing does not cause anyone else any injury or discomfort.

I will obey all applicable laws. I’ll also follow the rules of all SMB venues and any requests made by the SMB staff and volunteers. I realize that, as a participant in this event, I’m representing the event and my actions have the potential to impact the event and its future.

I realize that this policy cannot and does not outline every type of acceptable or unacceptable behavior or resulting consequences. In the end, I will use common sense, treat others the way they would like to be treated, listen to the SMB staff and volunteers, and accept any consequences of my actions.

The Sweet Molasses Blues Safer Spaces Policy has been adapted from the The Steel City Blues Festival Safer Spaces Policy by Kelsey Ballance and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

Other events or dance scenes are welcome to copy or modify our policies. All we ask is that you include a shout-out that says the policy is based on/borrowed from the Steel City Blues Festival’s Safer Spaces policy, and include a link to the original along with the same Creative Commons license.