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LGBTQ in Dance

Queer dancers, especially youth, deserve safe and supportive dancing spaces.

Equity In Dance stands for dance artists & educators that identify as part of the LGBTQ+ community. We prioritize removing the gender binary from dance and facilitate conversations about Queerness in dance. 

What we advocate for: 

- Removing the (emphasis and reliance on the) gender binary from dance spaces, specifically ballet. 

- Ensuring that transgender and non binary dance students feel safe to be out at dance. 

- Removing gendered language in dance spaces.

- Representing and celebrating Queer stories and artists within dance. 

- Transforming the dance world's understanding of how dance and gender intersect. 

- Removing homophobia and transphobia from all dance settings. 

- Providing safe spaces for all people to use the bathroom and change their clothes. 

- Adjusting syllabus', as well as the way dance educators approach & teach them, to be more gender expansive. 

How can we make dance a safer place for Queer dancers?

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PRONOUNS
WARDROBE
GENDER NEUTRAL SPACES
OUTWARD SUPPORT
Offer your pronouns when you begin teaching a new class & allow student's to share theirs if they wish (either privately or publicly).
Have multiple & equitable uniform and costuming options for all students.
Ensure that your studio has gender neutral spaces for people to use the bathroom or change their clothes.
Openly talk about the  LGBTQ+ community and ensure that your students know you support them no matterwhat.

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LANGUAGE
Address students with gender neutral language.
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