Code of Conduct

Code of Conduct

1. There’s room for all of us on the dance floor
We welcome all dancers and music lovers regardless of gender/gender identity, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, religion or employment status. We encourage all dancers to explore dancing on either side of the dance (traditionally named Men’s and Ladies’ sides). Each dancer’s preference is left up to the individual. You may want to clarify with someone which role they would like to take when you ask them to dance as many dancers enjoy both sides and would be happy to dance on either.


2. Respect others
Be respectful, don’t be inappropriate. Do not use sexist, homophobic, transphobic, ableist or racist language. Remember that no means no. We hope that this will be common sense to most of our dancers. Unless someone specifically asks for feedback, don’t correct people’s dancing on the dance floor. In class, please leave giving feedback on an individual to the teacher.

3. Look out for each other and your community
Look out for each other. We are a big family and let’s ensure we love every step we take while at the same time looking out for those around us. If you feel harassed or are made to feel uncomfortable, please contact the event organiser or safer spaces volunteer immediately. The person at the front door, any staff member or committee member will point you in the right direction. If you see someone who looks uncomfortable or upset, ask if they are ok and if they would like you to report any unwanted behaviour to the safer spaces volunteer on their behalf. If you harass someone, you may be asked to leave. You may also be banned from other events and the police may be notified at our discretion and as guided by the complainant.

4. Your personal boundaries are paramount
Always respect personal boundaries. Dancing can involve close contact with others and we must respect each others’ personal space. If someone tells you that you are making them feel uncomfortable, respect their requirement for space.

5. You can say no
If someone asks you to dance and you don’t want to, you can say “no thank you” – you don’t need to offer an explanation. You may then ask or say yes to someone else, if you want to.


6. Be ok with people saying no
If you ask someone to dance and they say no, respect their decision and ask someone else. No one is obliged to dance with you, and no one should feel obliged to accept a dance if they don’t feel like it.

7. Dance Safe
Keep your eyes open on the dance floor and try not to bump into others around you. Extra spins and variations are great fun if everyone is familiar with them but should not be carried out in such a way as to prevent the participation and enjoyment of others. Remember your partner may have an injury that you’re unaware of and even one extra turn might hurt them. If your partner is hurting you unintentionally please take care of yourself and let them know.


Dance Etiquette

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