Community Safety

Marley Hirsch

Rhythm Is Our Business is dedicated to creating a space where individuals feel free and comfortable to be themselves. Throughout the weekend, we are excited to have Marley Hirsch on board as our Community Safety Director.

Marley Hirsch is a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC) and Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Georgia. She obtained her Bachelors of Science degree in Biopsychology/Neuroscience from Oglethorpe University and her Masters of Science degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Mercer University. She has extensive experience working with clients from a wide variety of backgrounds and presenting concerns, including personality disorders, mood disorders, survivors of abuse and domestic violence, past or present suicidal or self-harming behaviors, the LGBTQIA+ population, children in foster care, and those experiencing international and multicultural challenges. Marley began swing dancing in 2013; please ask her to dance!

Below, you will find our Code of Conduct. Event attendees are expected to follow these guidelines. If any individual fails to do so, they can be removed - for any reason - by the event coordinators and staff. The comfort and well-being of our attendees is our top priority, and we do not take it lightly.


Code of Conduct

The Rhythm Is Our Business team wants to provide you with a fun and harassment-free event experience regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age, skill level, or religion and does not tolerate harassment of event participants in any form. To help us provide and promote a culture of safety within the event, we kindly request you read and follow the below code of conduct, which is subject to be updated between now and the event:

Please report any behavior that appears abusive, disrespectful, harassing, suspicious, unsafe, or that makes you feel uncomfortable for any reason. 

You may report any incidences by:

  • Contacting a Safety Liason, who will be identified throughout the duration of event with a special wristband (to be shown nearer to event)
  • Contacting Marley Hirsch (Community Safety Director) 
  • Emailing CommunitySafetyRIOB@gmail.com
    • Please try to include as much information as possible and sufficient detail so that we can appropriately assess the situation.


Please contact us immediately if you have any reason to suspect a response from the RIOB team might be appropriate. Except in cases where disclosure is required by law, we will treat any information we receive with strict confidentiality unless otherwise instructed by the person reporting the incident. 

EXAMPLES OF INAPPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR

  • Harassment:
    • Verbal comments relating to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age, religion, or skill level.
    • Sexual images or undesired sexual attention/conversation in public spaces
    • Deliberate intimidation
    • Failure to respect boundaries that others set either verbally or non-verbally; stalking; or following
    • Photography or recording of others without prior permission
  • Giving unsolicted advice about others' dancing (unless someone is endangering others' safety or your current partner is making you uncomfortable)
  • Dancing without due regard for the potential for collisions and injuries to yourself, your partners, or others on or off the dance floor
  • Attempting air steps, aerials, and unsupported dips on the social dance floor (this does not include competitions, live performances, or jam circles)
  • Failing to comply with venue rules and/or TN state laws regarding alcohol

Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately

The event reserves the right to take any action which it, in its sole judgment, deems appropriate in response to reports of abuse, harassment, threats, hazardous situations, or other inappropriate behavior (whether or not listed as an example in this document), including but not limited to:  issuing warnings, expelling individuals from the event, banning individuals from future RIOB events, and/or notifying law enforcement if there is reason to believe that laws have been violated or there is a dangerous situation.

Event participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from Rhythm Is Our Business without a refund at the discretion of the organizers.

RIOB staff will be happy to help participants contact local law enforcement, provide escorts, or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to feel safe for the duration of the event.