Permission 101: Urban JourneyDance/Rhythm Therapy Immersive Theater Experiences
We are a harassment free zone!
Rhythm Therapy movement based theater experiences and Urban JourneyDance workshops are creative bold spaces which require clear community agreements connected to touch and speech at our events. Here are our guidelines to follow to make the experience a good one for the entire community.
1. Know the definition of “PERMISSION”. Permission (N) authorization granted to do something. The act of permitting. Formal consent.
Most people who are permission violators are NOT sociopaths, as*holes or rapists, sometimes people may just don’t know any better. But…the impact of impulsive touch or speech on a stranger you are dancing with, may not be what was intended. The negative impact of your impulsive touch or speech on a fellow dancer, may negatively disrupt their dance and make you seem to be what I call, a “dance creeper”.
A) Please, don’t be a “dance creeper”. Before you come to Rhythm Therapy sessions or Urban JourneyDance experiences educate yourself about consent, permission, and backing off when someone says no…the FIRST time.
B) Please dance without words. Never go up and say things to people while they are dancing. The statement you make may not land the way you intended and it’s also difficult for the group to hear the facilitation of movement when you are talking.
C) Finally, NEVER touch anyone unless the person you want to touch has given you their permission to touch them.
2. Show up to Urban JourneyDance with a “script” prepared with exactly what you are going to say when you feel uncomfortable BEFORE you attend a workshop.
If someone does start talking to you or touch you during the dance you could say
B)”Please don’t touch me”
C)”Remember, no talking”
Or D) “I’d like to dance alone”
Short and sweet.
If someone is being a dance creeper, please report them to me or one of my dance assistants immediately. We must work together to create safer physical spaces. If you get groped during a workshop, please tell us. You are not being dramatic.
We use the word “permission” instead of “consent” to empower everyone to feel free to practice claiming their individual physical power.
Regardless of your own personal tolerance level for physical touch, there are other people at the event whose night might be ruined by unwanted touch or comments.
P.S. Thank you HOUSE OF YES for creating a “consent policy” for your events. I used some of your brilliant wording to create my Permission Guidelines page.