Welcome!

When you use the Joy of Motion Community Slack space, you join a community of dancers & dance educators connected to our entire region. At Joy of Motion, we are committed to our founding principle: Dance is for Everyone. And as such, the spaces that we create for our community to participate are for everyone. 

For those of you who aren’t familiar with Slack, it is a virtual communication platform. It includes an app you can download on your computer and/or phone that contains “groups” (called channels) where you can ask questions, have discussions, and share ideas. This will be a great way for us to communicate with each other as a community, in small groups, or one-on-one. 

Ready to join the conversation? Click here to sign up for the community! Cost of membership is $10/month and this helps us to underwrite the cost to utilize the service and maintain your accounts. We also have a $100 yearly option here.

If you are not already part of the online community we have a 3-day risk-free trial that will allow you to test out the community before you commit!

Getting Started in Community Slack

You can find a quick tutorial here that outlines how to use the platform. We recommend downloading both the desktop and the mobile app. This will allow you to have notifications pushed directly to your phone like a text message.

After you sign in, you’ll be added to the #1-generalchat channel, and a few others! You can also get an up-to-date listing of all available channels and join those that fit with your realm(s) of expertise and/or interest — simply click on CHANNELS in the left-hand sidebar, scroll through the list, and join whichever are applicable to you.

We’d hugely appreciate it if you take a minute to set up your profile straight away, in particular uploading a photo of yourself — we like the Joy of Motion Community to be a highly approachable community of folk with friendly faces.

When you joined, you likely got a message from our Welcome bot asking you to introduce yourself in the #1-community-1welcome channel. Please respond to that form so that we can get to know each other and help us welcome new members as they join.

You can also dig into Slack Preferences (from the Joy of Motion Community drop-down menu in the upper left-hand corner) in order to customize notifications, messages, media, and so on.

How to Contribute

  • Jump right in! – talk to your fellow dancers 
  • Say hello to new members & welcome them to the community
  • Ask questions — we’re a friendly group and someone will be happy to help you!
  • Help others by answering questions that other members are asking.
  • Help us make this a positive, welcoming space for everyone! — Be friendly, helpful, and encouraging and treat others with the same kindness, care, and respect that you would want to be treated with.
  • Respect and help the Moderators (@mods) and the Staff (@staff). We’re a small team of dedicated, caring humans working hard to keep us all connected and dancing together.

OUR COMMUNITY GUIDELINES

Having an online community as diverse as this involves a certain level of trust. We expect our users to take this trust responsibly and seriously. For this reason, we’ve developed some common-sense guidelines for you to be aware of. Following the guidelines below helps to keep Joy of Motions’ Community Slack fun and enjoyable for everyone.

Violations of these community guidelines may result in a temporary or permanent ban from the community.

Age

We serve a large community of dancers of all ages, but due to limitations of this software, our online slack community is intended for adult students and parents only! Because we cannot turn off the direct messaging features, we require that students under the age of 18 have constant parental supervision while utilizing the community for their protection.  

Safety & Privacy

You are in control of what you share. Sharing of personal contact information in the public channels (either yours or someone else’s) is not allowed. If at any time someone shares something about you (photo, video, contact information) without your express consent please let the @Mods know immediately by tagging @mods in the conversation or thread or messaging anyone with the JOMDC Staff tag on their profile with the link to or screenshot of the message. 


Joy of Motion is dedicated to being a safe place for all, which we define as a space free of physical and emotional harm, including harassment, bullying, and abuse. All staff and faculty are required to comply with our Code of Conduct, which is aimed at creating this environment for students, families, staff, and volunteers while nurturing creative freedom and self-expression for all.

 

Impersonation

Accounts that are established to impersonate another individual may be removed.

 

Bullying, Harassment, Discrimination, Trolling

We are committed to being a friendly and welcoming space for everyone both inside the studios and online. Bullying, harassing, attacking, or discriminating against individuals or groups of people will not be tolerated.

 

We do not support engagement that promotes or condones violence against individuals or groups based on race or ethnic origin, religion, disability, gender, age, nationality, sexual orientation, or gender identity, or content that incites hatred on the basis of these core characteristics.

 

“Trolling” is a big and messy term, but we know what trolls are and they aren’t tolerated here. 

 

Threats

Things like predatory behavior, stalking, threats, harassment, intimidation, invading privacy, revealing other people’s personal information, and inciting others to commit violent acts or to violate the Community Guidelines are taken very seriously. If you engage in these types of activities on this platform, you risk being banned.

 

Appropriate Content

In the studios, we follow these guidelines for safe adult/staff interactions with youth students. Online, our community is strictly for adult members. However, we understand that parents may share photos and videos of their young dancers. Youth students may become vicarious contributors to this space as a result. In that spirit, we would like to remind you that Joy of Motion does not allow content that endangers the emotional and physical well-being of minors, which is defined as anyone younger than 18 years of age.

 

Do not post content on Joy of Motion’s Community Slack workspace if it fits any of the descriptions below.

  • Misleading content: Content that targets young minors and families, but contains:
    • Sexual themes
    • Violence
  • Obscenity or other mature themes not suitable for young audiences
  • Cyberbullying, harassment, and trolling: Content that:
    • Targets individuals for the purposes of abuse or humiliation
    • Reveals personal information like email addresses or bank account numbers
    • Records someone without their consent
    • Sexually harasses
    • Encourages others to bully or harass
  • Sexualization of minors: Sexually explicit content featuring minors and content that sexually exploits minors. We are obligated to report content containing child sexual abuse imagery to local law enforcement agencies. These incidents can include, but are not limited to the following: 
    • Initiating unsolicited contact with minors (for example, private messages between stranger adults and minors)
    • Soliciting, displaying, sharing, or viewing imagery of nude, sexualized, or sexual activity with minors
    • Arranging real-world sexual encounters or obtaining sexual material from a minor directly
    • Displaying nudity to minors
  • Harmful or dangerous acts involving minors: Content showing a minor participating in dangerous activities or encouraging minors to do dangerous activities. Never put minors in harmful situations that may lead to injury, including dangerous stunts, dares, or pranks.
  • Infliction of emotional distress on minors: Content that could cause minor participants or viewers emotional distress, including:
    • Exposing minors to mature themes
    • Simulating parental abuse
    • Coercing minors
    • Violence

This policy applies to videos, photos, comments, posts, direct messages, phone calls, and any other Joy of Motion Community Slack features. Please note this is not a complete list.

If you find content that violates this policy, report it immediately to our @Mods or @Staff. If you believe that a child is in danger, you should contact your local law enforcement to report the situation immediately.

Spam, Selling, Advertising

We have a zero-tolerance policy for spam and any excessive tagging of an individual, channel, or group. Messages that @Mods believe to be spam and the users generating said messages may be removed from the community. 

Self-promotion is acceptable (e.g. come see my show or come visit my store). Direct sales, invitations to MLM events, or excessive unsolicited commercial messages to large audiences are not. To report violations, please email us at info@joyofmotion.org.

 

Illegal Activities

We have a zero-tolerance policy for posting illegal download/torrent links and discussion of illegal activities.