Flagging Etiquette

By January 1, 2002Articles
  1. You are solely responsible for your space management. Remember, flags have weights that are moving fast, and can cause injury if you are not aware of your surroundings. It is better to stop and restart than to hit someone.Individuals who are not familiar may want to “dance” with you. This is not recommended, since it can cause harm to them, and it is difficult to play that way.
  2. Always scope out the layout and determine if there is room for you to play.Everyone has the same right to space and flagging can take up the space of 4 or 5 dancers. It is better to not play than to run the risk of causing a problem or injury.Remember, you are representing an entire tribe by your actions.
  3. When there are many flaggers or dancers on a stage, flag for a single song, then take a break and allow another person to come forward.This applies whether the person waiting is either another fanner or flagger; even if they have glow sticks or pompoms. Everyone should have a chance to share the limelight.
  4. If someone is “hogging” the stage, it is certainly alright to get their attention and ask to share the stage with him or her.BUT, know that many club goers are unaware of these courtesies.
  5. Many flagger/fanners put hours of work into their equipment. It is NOT appropriate to grab, take, examine, or otherwise mess with another’s flags or fans without express permission! Do not be insulted if they decline allowing you access to their stuff.Also, do not feel that just because someone wants to use your flags, you have to do so.However, one of the best learning experiences is seeing how others make, play, store, and incorporate their equipment.
  6. Make sure you keep your equipment organized, especially at large functions.Get a tote or gym bag, and keep your things condensed. This will make it easier for many dancers to share very small space and may prevent you loosing a set of fans in the mix.
  7. Playing fans/flags is an art form. It is not a given right to be allowed to play.Make sure you represent the tribe well. Know when it’s too crowded to play. Don’t leave a mess for others to cleanup. Respect your equipment, and respect the equipment of others.
  8. Have fun!
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