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Dance Etiquette

Dance at the time of the Pandemic

Dance inherently has a higher risk of transmission of CoVid 19 and, by participating, you acknowledge the potential risks. PLEASE DO NOT ATTEND if you are experiencing any symptoms of illness such as coughing, sneezing, fever, difficulty breathing, unexplained tiredness, loss of taste or smell, headaches, etc. We strongly recommend that you have received your second CoVid 19 vaccination prior to attending at River Landing.

Please be respectful. Masks will not be mandatory, but some may still choose to wear them and keep their dance bubble small. People might say “no” to a dance more often than pre-covid. The appropriate response is to say, “thank you” and happily move on. Remember this is not personal.

Keep in mind that people positioned close to the dance floor (lowest amphitheatre step) will be asked more often to dance. If you prefer not to dance with others, we recommend sitting further up the amphitheatre steps.

We have a ZERO TOLERANCE policy for harassment of any kind, and as always, this event is drug and alcohol free. Please inform one of our volunteers if you have concerns about inappropriate behaviour.

For your own safety, we recommend walking to parking areas with a partner, especially after dark.

It has been a very long time since we have been able to be together in dance. Let’s be as welcoming and respectful as we can of each other’s comfort levels and boundaries… let’s dance.

We do not permit intimidation, harrassment, or abuse of any kind

• Respect everyone’s physical boundaries. Do not engage in inappropriate or unwanted physical contact. Be sensitive to other people’s personal space, including dance floor space and physical proximity. 

• Apologize for accidental unwanted physical contact. Accidental contact ranging from kicks, collisions, stomped-on feet to butt grabs and boob grabs do happen on and off the dance floor; sincerely apologize if it happens and we can all move on. 

• Respect everyone’s personal and emotional boundaries. You’re basically attending a party where there’s a lot of people you don’t know. Avoid highly charged and sensitive topics as you get to know people in the scene; like in any social situation, save those topics for when you know a person better. Also, do not make unwanted advances and be attentive to how an individual is responding to you, including their body language. 

• Respect human rights. Be accepting of the diversity of people, values and lifestyles that come with a vibrant dance community. 

• Be welcoming! You might have a core group of dance friends, and it’s absolutely fine to enjoy them! But do your best to dance with and be kind and welcoming to everyone. Snobbery, cliques, and intentional social exclusion are toxic to the BKS YXE community. 

No soliciting without approvals

We need to set boundaries for our community and create a sense of fairness among our dancers. This applies to soliciting, and political or religious agendas; social movements; your house party; other dance groups and events; petitions; lobbying; and advocacies. That said, we should be able to quickly and easily approve most things within reason. 

Inclusive with a Respectful environment

• Do not bring or consume outside alcohol, Marijuana or other drugs on the premises

• Be considerate and respectful to the BKS YXE volunteers.

• Mind our stuff and spaces. Misuse of anything BKS YXE owns/rents/leases cannot be tolerated. This includes any building, dance floor, equipment, fixtures, and furniture. This also includes observing private vs. public spaces within BKS YXE current location. 

 • Look out for, and report, any manipulative or predatory behaviour. It is important for us as a community to watch out for one another and ensure safety from those who have abusive or manipulative tendancies. 

• Report any misconduct, including verbal or physical misconduct or harassment, to BKS YXE members. 

How to report

• The individual at BKS YXE who deals with Code of Conduct violations, incidents, and safer space policy is Miguel Canal. You may contact him at any time during the events. You can also approach any taxi dancer or the DJ and they will direct you to the person in charge at that time. You can also email us at: bks.yxe@gmail.com

• Please consider these helpful resources for any distress you may have experienced, crimes, or serious code of conduct violations: Reporting to Police at 306-975-8300 if a crime has been committed and you feel safe and comfortable doing so, report it to 911 if you need to talk to someone right away. Saskatoon Sexual Assault and Information Centre – Sexual Assault Crisis Line – 24/7 Hours 306-244-2224

“Hand in hand, on the edge of the sand, they danced by the light of the moon.”
Edward Lear