Category: safety

  • Developing a practical covid plan: What if someone won’t do x, y, or z?

    Today I was talking to someone completely unconnected to the dance world, and they asked what I’d been doing lately. I mentioned that I’d been been working on a covid policy, and it was really interesting because it was a way to talk about flatter power structures (and fighting The Man). I wanted to do […]

  • A practical covid management plan that is socially responsible

    I’m currently working on a covid management plan for a dance school. I’m quite enjoying the process. Here’s the process: –The Plan– Restating the org’s values Which helped me understand how and why the org would develop a covid policy, what issues to focus on, and how to implement it, Which ensured we were all […]

  • the basics of dealing with sexual harassment in lindy hop

    ok, I have a bit more time to write. ==First off. This work will fuck you up.== I and every other woman I know who’s worked extensively on this topic since 2015 (and before) is massively burnt out, and dealt/dealing with vicarious trauma from this work. Many of us (all of us?) have been subjected […]

  • local v global networks of exchange and infection

    …just some random thoughts from a discussion on fb that i’m posting here to keep track of. If big dance events that were held over new year could collect accurate covid infection stats, it’d be super interesting to compare these with other sample groups. 1 in 5 is lower than omicron in Sydney at the […]

  • The effects of Long covid on lindy hop

    If you catch covid, you have a 10-30% chance of it becoming long covid. One of the most comment symptoms of long covid is fatigue. If we work with those assumptions, what does that mean for a community of dancers? Let me be clear: I not an epidemiologist, a health specialist, a physiotherapist, or a […]

  • A known offender is teaching at a local event. What do you do?

    A known offender is teaching at an event in your area. What do you do? I’d probably think local. You can’t change the entire world, but you can be useful to local people. You know you and your mates won’t go (because you know who he is and what he’s done), but do the people […]

  • Spreading stuff in families, workplaces, and other networks

    “Lock Down Smarter, Not Harder” (DANIEL REEDERS 24 AUGUST 2021) is a really great article by a very clever friend. Of course, as soon as I read Daniel’s original tweets on this, my brain started thinking about the way dance steps/styles travel between communities. Dance steps are units of meaning, ways of communicating ideas, who […]

  • Balancing safety with community impatience online talk

    Now we’re opening up in Sydney, I’m seeing an (understandable) impatience to ‘return to normal dancing’ that has some problems. People pushing to social dance in public bars, talk that normalises dancing, misreading public health guidelines in ways that support their POV. After all, to _have_ social dancing, individuals need dance partners. As many as […]

  • What about solo jazz classes in Sydney?

    It’s still very high risk, because: we’re still very close to each other (we need a lot more space than other activities) the puffing and huffing spreads more respiratory droplets than normal breathing we spend more time indoors together (two risk factors) you have to clean up the space before and after the class, which […]

  • Sexual assault in the Australian jazz industry

    Gender Inequality in the Australian Music Industry (Part Two) is a bit of a clunky piece, but it’s so unusual to read a male Australian jazz musician commenting on this issue, it’s worth a look. Note that that they contacted 50 musicians, and only 3 replied. I’ve worked with a lot of jazz musicians over […]