4 THE LOVE OF PARTNER DANCING
"As someone who has suffered so many injuries through the years I've often been concerned with continuing to dance through the pain despite the fact that dancing is what I love and what makes me feel alive. It's not always easy to come out and tell your partner that you may not be at your 100%. It's also difficult for your partners to remember mid dance...[this wristband] is an amazing 'visual assist' reminder for all of my wonderful partners, as well as a personal reminder to enjoy my dances but to listen to my own body."
"Dancing...is a way to share the love of dance with each and every person we dance with skillfully executing the partnership and making it their best dance."
“This is such an important project for our dance community to embrace. Dance safety allows us to be creative on our canvas of a dance floor. As Showcase dancers who are injured constantly, we want to make sure that other dancers and competitors are safe in their social and competitive dancing as well as while they are practicing and training.”
"Having injuries and wanting to continue to partner dance with friends and strangers can be uncomfortable and risky. It's unrealistic to expect people to remember who has injuries. Wearing the EZ DOES IT Wristband as a visual tool helps me to relax and not have to think about whether my partners remember I have injuries or not. When they see the Wristband, if they don't know why I am wearing one, they can ask me about it. I get to have so much more fun now, dancing with many partners."
"I recently ran into a slightly upsetting situation, and I feel the need to speak up not only for my own future safety and comfort, but for the sake of other dancers as well.
As both a follower and a people pleaser, I find that it can be intensely difficult to speak out in a moment of discomfort or inappropriate behavior during a social dance. So here I go, taking the cowards way out to say something anyway:
Leaders, please do not lift your follower during a social dance. Please do not place your hands on your follower in a potentially inappropriate way, in order to execute said lift (i.e. on the upper thigh, butt, upper ribcage, etc...). Please do not put your follower in a situation where they have no choice but to cling onto someone they may not know, forced to blindly trust you to take care of them and their precious body, as they have been taken away from their other partner (the floor). Please, with tears in my eyes, understand the importance of the following: do not make the mistake of assuming that because your follower is small (**or has lift experience**) that they are okay with you risking their safety and wellbeing because you've "got this". Please do not get offended if your follower is flustered or upset if you mistakenly make the choice to lift them off of the ground. Unless someone is your routine partner, or someone with whom you have previously discussed the idea of executing lifts with, do not lift your partner off the ground during a social dance. Please do not lift your partner while social dancing, for the sake of other dancers around you and their safety. Please, do not lift me. Dancers, I encourage us all to do the brave thing and speak up in a moment of discomfort like this. Though I haven't found that courage yet, I wish strength and boldness to you all when you find yourself inside of this situation.