Consent at dance is such an important topic at any dance but conscious dance events tend to do consent particularly well! I like to think we cover it pretty well in our book "The Little Book of Dance Inspiration", so here's that entire chapter:
Always at Choice
In this life, you are always at choice. Always.
Dance workshops like contact improv often get physically challenging. As a grown-ass adult, you can choose to sit out any activity that might cause physical harm or high emotional discomfort. Internalize that. Remember that. Honor that.
If asked to dance, choose to own your yes or your no. At any stage of a conscious dance, even ten seconds in, you can choose to leave without a word. Dance away with a smile... or without. In most conscious spaces there is a healthy awareness that you don’t owe other dancers a long goodbye, and that nothing here should be taken personally. Maybe you simply want to drink water, change shirts (you gorgeous sweaty human), or break wind. No explanation is needed.
Gone is any pressure felt in formal dances to people please or remain in an awkward embrace for the rest of the song. Use this dance floor as a space to practice your no. That said, acknowledging the vulnerability and humanity of the person with whom you just shared - however briefly - is a beautiful gesture. If you are struggling to leave, sometimes a thank you is the acknowledgment that frees you to honor your no.