Code of Conduct
Call the JazzOut team in case of emergency. The number is on the bottom of this page. Examples of emergency are any concerns regarding yours or someone else’s safety, concerns about harassment or other topics that need immediate attention and cannot be otherwise reported. The abuse of this call could potentially lead to expelling you from JazzOut SwingFest and a permanent ban from our dance community.
Any form of harassment, be it sexual or other, is not tolerated neither on dance floor, nor in the classroom. Harassment includes offensive verbal comments (related to gender, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, OR religion), sexual images in public spaces, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of workshops or other events, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention.
Asking someone to dance
Regardless of your dance role, everyone is welcome to ask someone else to dance. Some people are shy and would wait to be asked, generally it does not mean they do not want to dance. What is not acceptable is grabbing your partner to the dance floor without asking. In some communities it is assumed that you would do two consecutive dances with your partner. Nevertheless, always ask if your partner is willing to participate in a dance.
Rejecting a dance
For whatever reason you might have, it is normal to reject a dance. You might be tired, frustrated or otherwise not willing to dance at a certain point, please, be polite when rejecting a dance. A simple, “No, I am sorry” is the generally accepted way to reject a dance.
Dancing on a crowded dance floor
Both you and your partner are responsible for your safety on the social dance floor. Choose moves you feel comfortable with and safe about. Aerials are generally not accepted, they are meant for jam circles and showcases. Do not practice drops, lifts, or dips with partners you do not know or who have not said they are comfortable with those movements.
Teaching is meant to happen during the workshops. It is generally not acceptable to give any feedback to your partner on the social dance floor unless you have been explicitly asked to do so.
Taking care of your hygiene is your own responsibility. It is rarely the case that someone will openly tell you that you are too sweaty for them to enjoy the dance with you. If you know you sweat a lot, bring a towel. Also bring spare shirts to change if you need it. Pay special attention to the effect your state will have on others.
During a dance, be polite and smile. A dance is always more enjoyable if you look in your partner's eyes instead of the floor. However, avoid prolonged stares, that can often feel uncomfortable. Everyone’s boundaries are different. Be mindful and respect others boundaries. if you notice your partner is feeling uncomfortable, ask if you could do something about it, perhaps they do not feel alright with a certain move or a too close connection.
Be respectful of staff and spaces
We understand that sometimes you might be exhausted, frustrated or angry with a complaint. Nevertheless, always be polite to the staff, without them an event like this cannot take place. Be respectful of the places rented for the event, if you have accidentally damaged something, please report it to the staff and will make sure to find a solution together. Be respectful of the rules of the venue, in doubt, always ask.
We hope you have an awesome time during JazzOut SwingFest!
The JazzOut team