STUDIO POLICY

Thank you for your interest in our butoh workshops and classes. Please take a moment to read our studio policy and our terms for students before taking our Butoh classes or workshops.

INCLUSIVENESS

The Vangeline Theater does not discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identification. Our classes are open to everyone interested in studying butoh. We welcome students with disabilities, including students with hearing impairment, and/or students who are visually impaired or wheelchair-bound students. Our classes are open level and beginners are welcome.

TIMELINESS

We ask all our students to be on time for all classes and workshops. Butoh is a delicate practice and lateness is extremely disruptive.

COMMITMENT AND SAFETY

Your safety is very important to us.

We ask that students do not leave workshops or classes in the middle of class without notifying the teacher. If you are not feeling well, please let the teacher know immediately. Thank you for letting teachers know if you have any type of injury before class begins.

It is especially important that you notify the teacher if you have any mental disability, including PTSD, and/or any medically diagnosed mental disorder. Your medical information will remain entirely confidential. Although we favor a trauma-informed approach in our classes, the practice of butoh may occasionally trigger students with PTSD or mental illness. We recommend that students with PTSD or a history of trauma take butoh classes in conjunction with other forms of therapy.

Students with a history of psychiatric disorders should not engage in butoh practice without consulting with their doctor first, and /or without notifying our teachers. Your information will remain entirely confidential.

NO CELL PHONE, PICTURES OR VIDEOS

Please silence your cell phones. No photos or videos are permitted during classes, except for our designated photographers.

RESPECTING TEACHERS AND OTHER STUDENTS

Please maintain appropriate, professional and physical boundaries with our teachers and other students. The New York Butoh Institute has a zero tolerance policy with regards to sexual harassment. All students have a right to study butoh in a respectful and safe environment.

Butoh is a sensitive practice, which may render students vulnerable, particularly after class. We cultivate a safe space for female students, and believe that students should not engage in butoh classes and workshops with the intention of pursuing or dating other students.

REFUNDS

Payments to butoh workshops and Master Classes are non refundable, and non transferable. Once you buy your ticket, we will not be able to refund you.

RELEASE FORMS

At the beginning of each workshop, we will ask that you sign a basic release form. On occasion, we take photos for our funders. This ensures that we are able to continue bringing you our butoh programs. These photos will never be shared on social media and remain in our archives.

We reserve the right to exclude any student from our workshops and classes, if they do not abide by our rules of engagement.

If you have any additional question, please email butohinstitute@gmail.com.