In order to help create a safe and inclusive container within which we can all express the beauty of dance together, Fusion Inclusion Dance Project (FIDP) is pleased to offer the following general guidelines for FIDP events.

Etiquette. Love is good will in action. We believe that if we each fundamentally come from a place of “willing others good,” a great deal of conflict can be avoided or easily mediated. As organizers, we strive to be kind, inclusive and welcoming to all dancers that wish to join us on the dance floor. We encourage participants to engage in this type of welcoming behavior too! This is what makes our sweet dance community grow and last.

Inclusivity. A FIDP dance is a fundamentally welcome space for all gender identities and sexual orientations. We welcome dancers of all ages, shapes, sizes, colors, races, and ethnicities. Celebrate the diversity of skills and styles in our fusion community! We encourage you to dance with lots of different people of different skill levels. 

Lead/Follow. The FIDP community recognizes that lead and follow roles need not be defined by gender identities and sexual orientations and we encourage the exploration of fluidity in lead/follow with your dance partners. A common and clarifying question that one might ask at the beginning of a fusion dance is, “Would you like to Lead, Follow, or Switch (where roles are swapped informally during the dance)?” Or you may ask a partner for their preference.

Consent. FIDP considers consent to be the most important part of a safe dance container. Fusion dance can be, or feel like, an intimate creative experience. This also means that there is a potential for boundary infractions around consent, either with or without intention. Respect for consent is a learned behavior, and each dance brings a new opportunity for each of us to practice conscious community building together. The following guidelines may be helpful: 

  • FIDP believes that personal boundaries are best honored through the clear communication of personal needs. Recognize that what may seem casual or normalized behavior for you might be triggering or a boundary infraction for someone else. A good example is dancing in close embrace with a new partner. Both leads and follows should consider asking “Are you okay with close embrace?” before taking the dance close. When in doubt, go slow, be present, and pay attention. 
  • It is important to state what your boundaries are to your partner. For example, if someone asks whether you’re ok with dancing in close embrace when you are not, speak up. If you are feeling too shy, talk to one of the organizers. We have had many years of experience in this realm and can offer feedback, encouragement and guidance.
  • Attention to boundaries is a powerful learned skill that takes time and effort. Do not be hard on yourself if you unintentionally get it wrong sometimes. It happens, the important thing is that you try. If it happens, apologize to your partner (or to yourself) and move on. If you find that something is happening repetitively for you, either as a lead or as a follow, please reach out to us and we will help you navigate and troubleshoot whatever you are noticing.   
  • People usually happily accept an invitation to dance, but it is also acceptable to politely decline an invitation. When you ask someone to dance, practice accepting a “No” with grace. Try not to take it personally. When someone says “no” to you, they are saying “yes” to their needs at that moment. It ultimately boosts the health of our entire dance community when we each look out for our own needs in this regard. 
  • It is okay to stop a dance in the middle if you feel the need, or if you are feeling uncomfortable/unsafe. We encourage you to speak up if you are feeling uncomfortable/unsafe. It can be helpful to practice speaking simply and clearly about what you need in the moment: “Could you please lighten your lead?”, or “Please ask before you dip me.” Remember: Requests for your own safety and comfort are also respectful of your partner as your ally in creating a fun dance for both of you! 

Substance Use. Please be aware that substance use may impair your dancing and your judgement – and thus create the potential for violations of consent. You are responsible for your actions. Know your own limitations, and make conscious, loving decisions about your participation. If we reasonably believe that you are unwilling or unable to abide by the rules of consent due to intoxication, or if in our judgement you pose a hazard to those around you, you may be asked to leave. Do not use illegal substances on the premises of our dances. Doing so violates the rules at many dance venues, and creates a liability risk for us all. Talk to the organizers if you observe erratic or dangerous behavior.

Harassment. Any behavior which, by a reasonable interpretation of intent, seeks to make another person feel unsafe or uncomfortable to the point of being unable to enjoy their experience at a FIDP event, can be considered harassment. If you observe or are personally affected by what you believe to be harassment at a FIDP event, please bring this to the attention of the organizers. 

Dance Health.

  • Please stay home if you are not feeling at optimal health or if you believe that you have been recently exposed to someone with Covid-19
  • Wash your hands often and use the hand sanitizer provided

Covid-19. All of our dances at present are masked only, over the nose and mouth. Dancing during the reality of covid-19 can create potential challenges to inclusivity. It is the intention of FIDP to comply with current state and county mandates for events regarding masking, group size, vaccination status, etc. In the event that FIDP sponsored dances will require participants to be vaccinated during covid outbreaks, we will do our best to offer dance resources (playlists, equipment suggestions, etc.) to those wishing to organize private parties for mixed or non-vaccinated groups. We strive to follow state guidelines to the best of our ability.

Non-vaccinated Dancers. FIDP welcomes non-vaccinated dancers with recent negative covid-19 testing. Acceptable documentation includes a negative PCR test administered by a healthcare provider within 72 hours of the dance, or a negative rapid antigen test administered by a healthcare provider within 24 hours of the dance.  

Rev. 11/21