Brave & Safe Coordinator: Virginia Jimenez
Virginia learned to dance before she could walk. It’s the art form that she has known the longest, and her body knows more than her brain does. After moving to New York City in 2013, Virginia became more involved with blues dancing as a student and artist. She believes that dancing is the best way to be creative and expressive while building empathy and practicing safe, physical connection and communication.
The Motley Hue Brave & Safe Team will all be wearing Red Armbands. If you have a question or a problem on the dance floor, please find one of these people to talk to.
See the contact page for an anonymous form. We want to listen to the hard things you have to say.
Check out our complete Codes of Conduct!
More about the Fusion Dance NYC mission for Bravery and Safety:
We invite you to be fearlessly creative! We invite you to go outside your comfort zone and take risks: dance with new people, try a new move, make mistakes and mess up! Engage in physical & verbal conversations that might not be available to you other places.
With great freedom, risk taking, and individuality comes great responsibility. We are responsible for caring, communicating, and listening to each person on the fusion floor even more than we would on other dance floors. Approach each other with humbleness, listening, and respect.
We are coming together from many different dance backgrounds, which has the potential to create new, powerful experiences. It also means that we cannot make assumptions about the dance exposure, comfortability level, personal boundaries, or training that anyone else has.
We would like you to feel empowered to have open dialogues with each other. If you feel uncomfortable with anyone, having an open conversation with that person yourself can only help us to grow stronger as individuals & improve our community.
Our Brave & Safe team is always available to talk with you, either to just listen, give you advice on how to have a conversation, or to talk with someone on your behalf- either anonymously or not. We love it when people tell us what’s going on! Chances are that if you have had a problem, someone else has too.
Basic Ingredients for an Awesome Fusion Dance:
- Upper Body Shaping, Lifts, Dips, Contact Improv: These are more dangerous movements for both the partnership and the dancers around you. We think these are important movement choices we want you to be able to explore in this space.
- That means that you have to care for your partner by asking them verbally or nonverbally if they are comfortable with these things, and you have to be aware of the people around you. If it is crowded, don’t do it!
- Body Odor: We are all in this space dancing close together. Please take care to change shirts, wash your armpits regularly throughout the evening, or wear a deodorizing product.
- Ask Me to Dance: We believe in the sexiness of consent culture. That means that we always ask people to dance with our words. Saying “no thank you” is always an option, and all genders & dance roles can ask each other to dance.
- No Sexual Contact: There is no sexual contact on the dance floor. Flirt & take it somewhere else. That means that if you have external genitalia and you are turned on, it is your responsibility to keep it away from your partner. That means no making out on the dance floor.
- Can you have sexy dances? Yes! Can you impose a sexy dance on someone else? No! Avoid awkwardness: If you want to have a sexy dance, ask your partner with your words first.
If we see something against our Codes of Conduct, or someone comes to us with an issue about your conduct at the dance:
First course of action: We will sit down and have a conversation with you about the incident. We want to pass on information, clear up any confusion, and to hear your point of view.
Further courses of action: Highly dependant on each unique situation. Motley Hue Fusion reserves the right to do any of the following:
- Put you on “watch” with our staff, to guard against further infractions.
- Given action items to help change problematic behaviour.
- Asked to leave the dance for the night or the weekend.
- Report your behaviour to regional scene leaders.
- Report you to public authorities.