Phil The Floor Linedancers

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Code of Practice/Risk Assessment

 

Code of Practice

 

Phil The Floor Linedancers is a social club comprising people wishing to learn and enjoy the experience of Linedancing.

We hold weekly classes to instruct our dancers in new dances and regular social evenings to put these dances into practice.

Our Instructor also presides over corporate functions to the general public, most of the people taking part in these events are non-linedancers where basic dance instruction is given. In the case of corporate events it is the responsibility of the event organiser to advise attendees of the appropriate footwear guidelines, see the following paragraph:

Classes involve plenty of movement and it is expected that appropriate footwear is worn. Most of our club members wear footwear designed for dance. These may be ballroom type shoes or dance trainers which have specific soles, regular sport trainers are not considered suitable as they tend to stick to the floor and can facilitate ankle injury when turning. If dance shoes are not worn then footwear with a low heel and a fairly smooth sole would be fine. New participants to classes are told of the above guidelines to footwear and are not permitted to dance in very high heel/stilletos, we do not encourage dancers to dance with bare feet either.

Most ladies wear trousers/jeans when dancing, again these need to be the correct length to avoid tripping/slipping problems on the dance floor.

 

Risk Assessment

 

(A) Who may be at risk

(B) Further Action

(C) By whom?

 

Fire hazards

(A) Anyone in attendance at venue

(B) Keeping fire exits clear, making all aware of exits and evacuation procedure. Ensuring no smoking ban is adhered to.All participants to be made aware of procedure. Anyone violating procedure asked to leave venue.

(C) Instructors/Event Organiser

Dance Injury

(A) All dancers

(B) Warm up in the form of slow dances. Dance skills/footwork are built up over time and are experience appropriate.

In the event of injury, correct emergency services contacted, no attempt to move injured.

(C) Instructors

Tripping

(A) Anyone in attendance at venue

(B) All leads/cables are kept out of the way and/or taped down if necessary. Speaker tripods clearly marked.Reminders to all re: keeping personal belongings off the dance floor and tucked under chairs.

(C) Instructors

Spillages/Slipping

(A) Everyone using venue

(B) Ensure dance floor and surrounding area is clean/clear of debris. Floors should not be polished prior to dance event.Check floor is clean/clear prior to/during session. Be aware of any spillages

(C) Event organiser/instructor

(A) Everyone using venue

(B) Ensure dance floor and surrounding area is clean/clear of debris. Floors should not be polished prior to dance event.Check floor is clean/clear prior to/during session. Be aware of any spillages

(C) Event organiser/instructor

Footwear related injuries

(A) All participants

(B) Ensure appropriate footwear is worn. Be aware of other dancersRecommend that dancers use correct footwear at all times. Use shoe sole brushes where appropriate.

(C) Instructors/organiser

Dance Floor Etiquette

(A) All dancers

(B) Teach floor etiquette: do not cross lines, only join in on the end of a line, if leaving floor during a dance do not impede other dancers, leave space for other dancers comfort. Continuing to remind all dancers of the floor etiquette for their own safety and comfort.

(C) Instructors

Food and Drink

(A) All participants/non dancers/organisers

(B) No food or drink allowed on the dance floor. Water/juices for re-hydration to be drunk off the dance floor.Continue to reinforce the need for re-hydration and dance floor etiquette when dancing.

(C) Instructors

Manual handling/Equipment

(A) Instructors/Organisers/Dancers

(B) Ensure correct moving of tables/chairs/sound system

(C) Instructors only to move heavy equipment