By Genevieve Kent, TIFD Safety Committee Chair
On September 9th seventeen people from eleven different dance groups (including TIFD affiliates) came together for a training at SAFE in Austin. The theme was sexual harassment and how to respond to reports of it in a dance group. The training was part of a pilot program to help various groups around Austin learn how to recognize and address instances of harassment within their organization. The training was free of charge and was referred to me by Austin Swing Syndicate, who previously attended the training.
By Genevieve Kent
At TIFD’s Board meeting in May of this year, I was appointed to serve as Safety Committee Chair. I am excited to be building a framework alongside the Board so that we can effectively respond to the rare cases of injuries and incidents of harassment that occur in large dance groups such as our own.
At the last board meeting held on May 20, 2017, the board approved the rules for several committees, and created a new one that will be developed more during the coming months: the Safety Committee!
Come join us for a milestone 70th Texas Camp, with fantastic dance teachers! Richard Powers will present vintage social dance styles from the 1920s, 30s and 40s, so we can add flair to our one-step, swing, cross-step waltz and more. Cristian Florescu and Sonia Dion will share with us more of their incomparable collection of line, circle and couple folkdances from Romania.
To everyone — whether you attend our camp regularly or whether (and especially!) you have not attended in a while – we hope to see you in November, so we can celebrate this great achievement together and create more wonderful memories!