The lindy hop community for the past week has been struggling with the painful revelations of manipulation, sexual inappropriateness and assault by Steven Mitchell, a well-known lindy hop instructor. While we are wrestling with how to deal with the grief and anger around the specific person, many are also wondering what we can do as swing communities to make our scenes safe, positive spaces for all, but in particular vulnerable groups like teens, newer dancers and women.
Yehoodi has been compiling lists of resources and links that you might find helpful as you and your swing community look to fostering safer spaces for everyone.
Please feel free to suggest others in the comments, which we will review and consider adding if appropriate.
Event Codes of Conduct
- Lindy Focus
- Mobtown Ballroom
- Fog City Stomp
- Boston Lindy Hop
- A Generic Code of Conduct
- Article: “Safe Conferences are Deliberately Designed”
Resources on Sexual Assault
- Natl Online Resource Center on Violence Against Women
- National Sexual Violence Resource Center
- New York City Alliance Against Sexual Assault
- Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network
- Bystander Intervention programs/resources
- The National Domestic Violence Hotline
- Safe Horizon
Resources Specific to Teens and Children
Places for More Resources and Discussion on Safe Dance Spaces