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Body Autonomy & Consent

Dance is a body-centred art form and requires consent and body autonomy for all people at all times. 

Equity In Dance believes in helping dance educators unlearn teaching with an emphasis on touch & helping them practice asking consent. Additionally, we believe in helping dancers claim their body autonomy and be firm with their boundaries and consent giving. 

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What we advocate for:

- Dance instructors unlearning teaching with an emphasis on touch. 

- Dance teachers asking for informed consent the using physical touch to correct a dancer. 

- Dance spaces being safe for dancers to create reasonable boundaries and have those boundaries be respected by peers & staff. 

- Dance studio wardrobe regulations and dress codes being created in partnership with the dancers who must follow it. 

- Dance instructors unlearning hierarchy and authoritative dance pedagogies 

- Dancers being included in costuming choices and conversations. 

- Have open discussions with dancers of all ages about consent. 

- Dance instructors or studio / competition / convention staff holding other workers accountable, reporting abuse and misconduct if seen. 

- Dance studios / competition / conventions having an anonymous way for students and parents to report abuse and misconduct if seen.

- Everyone in dance spaces has autonomy over their own bodies and everyone needs to be made sure they know that. 

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