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  • 04/28/15--19:20: Code of Conduct – draft
  • Nicole Zonnenberg’s post A Contribution to the Discussion of Sexual Harassment in the Swing Dance Community (21 April 2015) is great because it clearly and simply explains how a code of conduct could have reduced distress or provented conflict in specific instances. I’ve decided a code of conduct is essential for dance events. But they […]

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  • 07/24/15--19:25: I am involved with feminism
  • Before I went off on my trip last month I did a little interview with the blokes from ‘From the Top’, a radio show produced by ig hop in Vienna. They’re doing some really interesting work there, with an exciting Dancers in Residence program, the usual round of parties (with unique and A1 art) and […]

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    As I noted in Polite ladies don’t swear I’m doing a survey of the Australian swing dance events and their codes of conduct. Do they have them? Are they publicly available? Can they be found and read easily? This post is a very basic, very simple overview. I ask: Does the event have a code […]

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  • 01/24/16--04:05: For fuck’s sake
  • Look out. I’m going to swear in this post. At the end. Because I am just so, so angry about this. I am SO. ANGRY. If you don’t like me swearing, get off your arse and do something about this stuff, so I don’t have to swear. If your response to multiple stories of sexual […]

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    I’ve been a little sceptical of claims that Sanders is more feminist than Clinton because of that one time he was down for equal rights. I’m sure he’s a great bloke, but Clinton’s got feminist cred. Long term feminist cred. You don’t tell them to fuck off. You let them test you to see if […]

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    We at Swing Dance Sydney have developed a several-prong approach to this issue over the past few years. Everyone we know has been asked for advice or suggestions, and it’s definitely a collaborative project. It takes time, thought, and research. I looked up other organisations’ codes of conduct, and govt bodies’ s.h. prevention strategies. including […]

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    I believe that our dance community is generally well behaved, and I am not sure we need a codified response. Just be respectful to everyone, respect their space, dont abuse your position, much the same as in everyday life. Dancing gives no extra rights to misbehave. But we are all adults, right? I get people […]

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  • 05/23/16--02:29: ffs lindy hoppers
  • Running events narks: Male ‘Photographers’ (you’ve never heard of) who offer to shoot your workshops for free (if they can have free entry); Male ‘Photographers’ who arrive at your event offering to shoot your event for free (if they can have free entry), but make sure they arrive and ask just in the busiest part […]

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  • 06/08/16--07:08: We do not try to hide it.
  • It’s been quite a long time since I posted here, mostly because I have been SO BUSY. But also because my attention has been caught by facebook. A long time twitter user, I used to talk about interesting stuff with my friends there, in the relative privacy of a protected twitter account. But then every […]

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    [note]This was a post on the facey, which I’ve started writing up here.[/] Remind me to write up a report on how our new reporting and preventing sexual harassment and accidents process went at LBW. Short version: it worked. Mid-length version: we put together a door handbook, reporting forms, and a process for reporting incidents. […]

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  • 06/19/16--22:08: Sydney Jazz
  • Ok, Sydney’s jazz scene is A1. We have so much live jazz on Sundays that even our huge scene can’t field enough dancers to cover them all. We do all the styles: hot jazz, classic swing later swing easing into bop, NOLA reactionist stuff, NOLA purist stuff, big band swing, small group swing, neoswing, jump […]

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  • 04/28/15--19:20: Code of Conduct – draft
  • Nicole Zonnenberg’s post A Contribution to the Discussion of Sexual Harassment in the Swing Dance Community (21 April 2015) is great because it clearly and simply explains how a code of conduct could have reduced distress or provented conflict in specific instances. I’ve decided a code of conduct is essential for dance events. But they […]

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  • 01/19/17--17:33: Feminism as happiness
  • And as this week continues, we hear more and more brave women talk about being assaulted by Max Pitruzella. Even worse, we hear more and more men making excuses for why they didn’t step in and tell Max to stop that shit and quit being a fuckwit. It is difficult to stay positive in this … Continue reading "Feminism as happiness"

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    Clever Anaïs recently asked on fb: Is “jazz roots” a way not to say “authentic”, “original” or “vernacular” [edit : “traditional jazz” is also another term that exists on top of just “jazz dance”] ? Or does it aim at adding a different nuance? And if so, what is it? There were a bunch of … Continue reading "Music first: government licensing, music copyright, and defining dance"

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    …I hope my earlier post made it clear that this post is meant as an example of how we can apply existing laws and guidelines to our community? I’ve been looking at, and thinking about, just how useful codes of conduct are. They’re great as a statement of intent, but if that’s all you do: … Continue reading "Make your code of conduct practical"

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    Someone in our great teaching fb group just asked do you have advice for gaining a reputation as an instructor outside of your local/regional scene? Of course I had a long reply! I can’t comment as a high profile teacher, but I can as an event organiser. I tend to seek out teachers who offer … Continue reading "Travelling to teach: unsolicited advice from the inexperienced"

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    I think that a lot of organisers are currently terrified of this scenario. What if the teacher you’ve booked is reported for assault before your event? During your event? What do you do? You’ve invented $20 000 in an event, you’ve never had to face this issue before, you’re upset, stressed, and kind of freaking. … Continue reading "What if that teacher you’ve hired is reported for assault?"

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    I’m going to go on and on about the music at Little Big Weekend 2017 for quite a long time, so best to give you some facts. Andrew Dickeson and I are big jazz nerds, who love swinging jazz and live in the same neighbourhood. So we’ve been collaborating on putting together live music programs … Continue reading "Where I fall in love with jazz all over again."

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    This article asks Why is there so little space for women in jazz music? All the reasons there are so few women in jazz are as you’d expect: sexual harassment and assault discourage women (duh) male band leaders find new players for their band via informal social networks, which are fostered in post-gig hangs, peer … Continue reading "Why is there so little space for women in jazz music?"

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    James recently made this comment in response to some interesting comments by Kathleen in the fb teaching group: I would do anything for them to let me teach lessons in my scene the way you do up there! When I tried I encountered surprising resistance. People are weirdly attached to their 6 count triple step … Continue reading "Why teaching is important to feminism"