Transform Dance

About the Advisory Group

The Transform Dance Advisory Group is a group of individuals whose role is to provide suggestions, oversight and support to the project. Members are a mixture of people from within the dance community and from other fields of practice. They all share a commitment to building healthier and safer arts communities.

The names and any identifying characteristics of participants are not shared with the Advisory Group. Nonetheless, to protect the confidentiality and integrity of the process, the Advisory Group have all signed Non-Disclosure Agreements. Additionally, all members of the Advisory Group are willing to ‘sit out’ advising around a given case should a participant request it.

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What values guide the Advisory Group, the coordinator and the project as a whole? 

Our values and principles:

  • Safety, healing and agency for people directly affected is our first concern - this might mean that processes occur slower than anticipated, or that processes consist entirely of healing work and do not involve the engagement of people who have done harm

  • Choice and consent are crucial to the process - we do not rely on coercion; rather we invite people into dialogue, collaboration and growth

  • We are committed to transparency, both internally within Transform Dance, with participants and community members, and externally as we share our learnings with the dance sector at large

  • We seek to build and hold ethical space - this means space where all parties have choice in how deeply they want to engage, and where all parties can grow and learn

  • Workplace harassment, workplace harm and gender-based violence are social, systemic and sectoral problems, not just individual ones - we are all learning and unlearning

  • Respect and dignity for all parties is integral to a healthy process - we are working to create a culture of calling in, not calling out

  • Privacy is extremely important - we understand that reputation and relationships are integral to arts livelihoods, and concerns about privacy are a barrier to seeking support; we’ve put a number of mechanisms in place to care for the confidentiality of everyone involved 

  • Working towards equity - this means we look at harassment through an intersectional lens and seek to prioritize access for people who are affected by identity-based discrimination such as racism, ableism, homophobia and transphobia

  • And finally, the work of transformative justice is challenging and valuable - we endeavor and we invite participants to approach it with compassion, integrity and vulnerability