Safer Spaces

Blues Dance New York is committed to making sure all of our events are Safer Spaces

What is a Safer Space?

A safer space is where a community works to make sure everyone who enters the community space feels safe, comfortable, and respected at all times. You should feel in control of your bodily autonomy at all times, and be comfortable with how others are touching you when dancing.

While we cannot guarantee that you will never feel uncomfortable at our events, we are committed to making them as safe and inclusive as possible and take all comments seriously. Please let us know if you have had a negative experience and we will do our best to understand and rectify the situation.

If you have a specific incident to report from Friday Night Blues, please contact Melissa S. Cohen. If you have an incident from another BDNY event, please contact the head organizer of that event. Check our out Staff page for all contact information.


Anti-Harassment Policy

Blues Dance New York is dedicated to creating a safe and harassment-free space for everyone. We do not tolerate harassment of event participants in any form. Event participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the event without a refund at the discretion of the event organizers.

Harassment includes but is not limited to deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of events, inappropriate physical contact, unwelcome sexual attention, and offensive verbal comments related to gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, religion, dance experience, skill level, or dance role. Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.

If a participant engages in harassing behavior, the event organizers may take discretionary action to preserve the safety of the event and its participants. This includes issuing warnings to the offender or expulsion from the event with no refund. If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other safety concerns, please contact a member of the Blues Dance New York staff immediately.

We expect participants to follow these rules at all Blues Dance New York events. Should you have any harassment-related complaints, please do one of the following:

  • Voice your concerns to the manager on duty or to a member of our event staff. (If you’re not sure who the manager on duty is, ask the volunteer at the front door .)
  • Send an email to melissa@fridaynightblues.nyc
  • Send a text message to (929)-35-BLUES
  • We will treat these issues with the strictest confidentiality. Your courage in coming forward can keep incidents from being repeated and ensure that Blues Dance New York remains a safe and enjoyable event for all participants.

This anti-harassment policy is based on the example policy from the Geek Feminism Wiki
and is licensed under the Creative Commons Zero license.


Photo Policy

By attending an event by Blues Dance New York you are consenting that our staff members, photographers, videographers, or volunteers may take photographs or video of the dance and/or attendees. Your likeness as a photograph, image, video, or other digital media may be used in advertising including (but not limited to) web-based publications and social media websites for promotional purposes in connection with Blues Dance New York events. By attending a Blues Dance New York event you are waiving your right to seek damages or compensation from Blues Dance New York for use of your image or likeness.

If you prefer not to have your image or likeness used in connection with promotion of Blues Dance New York events please let the photographer or a Blues Dance New York staff member know. We will use our best efforts to ensure that any images of you are not used for promotional purposes.


Alcohol Policy

Friday Night Blues NYC takes place in two rotating venues. La Nacional includes a fully stocked bar, while Stepping Out is a regular dance studio. We have different policies for each venue:

La Nacional is a venue of the Spanish Benevolent Society, a non-profit organization. We come here on the last Friday of every month, where we have access to a fully stocked bar and our own bartender. Each time you purchase a drink, you are donating money to a non-profit organization. Purchasing drinks helps keep FNB’s costs down, which keeps our entry fees low, AND you’re helping out the Spanish Benevolent Society! Do not bring your own alcohol into the bar; if you do, you will be asked to leave.

Stepping Out Studios allows us to bring our own alcohol to the event, provided we keep any open containers on the designated drinks table and make sure to clean up any spills that occur.

At both venues: if your intoxication cause you to be unsafe to yourself or any event participants, you will be asked to leave.

Underage intoxication of any kind will not be tolerated, and will result in
immediate and permanent expulsion from the event for all parties involved.