Statement of Intent
We believe in jazz music and dance. We believe in the best throw-down, heart-stopping lindy hop, and that every song should be a solid sender that makes you leap to your feet. We believe that every dancer and musician has a right to good feels.
We are stepping UP. We do not tolerate harassment or bullying, and are actively working to prevent sexual harassment in the swing dance scene.
You are WITH us on this. In joining us on the dance floor or agreeing to work with us as a teacher, DJ, musician, sound engineer, volunteer, performer, or event manager, you agree to treat all participants with care and respect and to abide by our code of conduct. You also accept that young people should to be respected, and minors must be accompanied by an adult.
Code of Conduct
- We welcome all dancers and lovers of music regardless of gender/gender identity, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, religion, and so on.
- If you harass someone, you may be asked to leave, you may be banned from other events managed by the organising team, the police may be notified, and this is at our discretion. We don’t have to give you a second chance.
- Do not use misogynist, homophobic, transphobic, ableist, or racist language.
- Respect the bodies and persons of other people: do not touch without asking permission, stop if someone asks you to stop touching them, and give other dancers space and time alone if they need it.
- If you ask someone to dance and they say “No thank you,” be ok with that. Reply, “Hey, no worries - maybe another time!” and move on to ask someone else. No one is obliged to dance with you.
- If someone asks you to dance and you don’t want to, say “No thank you” and leave it at that. If you someone asks you to dance and you do want to, say “YES please!” Nothing is better than enthusiastic consent.
- Don’t pull aerials, lifts, or drops on the social dance floor, but it’s ok in jams and comps. You must have verbal consent from every dance partner before you do lifts, drops, or aerials. Just because you had consent once, doesn’t mean you have it now.
Sexual Harassment Policy
What counts as sexual harassment?
The Australian Human Rights Commission defines sexual harassment as including:
- Staring or leering.
- Unnecessary familiarity, such as deliberately brushing up against you, or unwelcome touching.
- Suggestive comments or jokes.
- Insults or taunts of a sexual nature.
- Intrusive questions or statements about your private life.
- Displaying posters, magazines, or screen savers of a sexual nature.
- Sending sexually explicit emails or text messages.
- Inappropriate advances on social networking sites.
- Accessing sexually explicit internet sites.
- Requests for sex or repeated unwanted requests to go out on dates.
- Behaviour that may be considered an offence under criminal law, such as physical assault, indecent exposure, sexual assault, stalking, or obscene communications.