Code of Conduct of the Charlottesville Swing Dance Society

(Established October 15, 2015/edited June 8, 2017)

CSDS strives to create a fun and safe environment for all of its members and guests to learn and enjoy dancing. In this spirit, we have adopted a Code of Conduct as a guideline to help make sure we have a welcoming and safe environment for people from all walks of life and abilities to enjoy dance.

When attending any of our events, we ask that you be respectful and courteous to others. Be mindful of the differences in people’s personal boundaries and respect them. Be aware of both verbal and nonverbal cues given. If unsure, it is okay to ask. In turn, it is always okay to say no or let someone know if you are uncomfortable with a move, comment or situation.

“No, thank you” is considered an acceptable response at any time. If you are told no, please be respectful of the individual’s choice. Avoid repeatedly asking them to dance, following/stalking the individual, making unwanted advances, or repeatedly trying to engage the individual.

Be aware of other dancers around you. Try to avoid running into others on a crowded floor. If it happens – and it most likely will at some point – please acknowledge the situation and apologize. Also, be aware of the skill level of your partner and dancers around you when on the social floor. Refrain from moves that may make your partner uncomfortable or cause injury to your partner or others.

During lessons, be courteous to the instructors and those attending the lesson. Please do not disturb the lesson or engage in side conversation that could distract others. Please try to arrive on time to a lesson as not to disrupt the other attendees.

When on the dance floor, please refrain from giving lessons or unsolicited advice. If someone is interested in your opinion or feedback, they will ask. Oftentimes people are at different points in their dance and have different goals. They may not want to add more things to try and tackle than what they have on mind at the moment. Social dancing should be a safe, fun environment for people to practice and enjoy the dance.

CSDS does not tolerate any form of harassment. Examples of unacceptable actions may include (but are not limited to) offensive language, intimidation, unwanted physical contact, or any derogatory comments regarding any characteristics that make up another individual’s identity. Any situation which makes a person feel unsafe or uncomfortable to the point of being unable to enjoy the event can be considered harassment. If at any time you feel uncomfortable, you may politely address the situation with the individual. Accidents happen and cues can be misread. As respectful adults we should understand and be courteous of others’ boundaries. If at any time you have a harassment related complaint, please bring it to the attention of the event organizer or a CSDS Board Member – either in person or via email. All complaints will be taken seriously and reviewed by the Board.

The Board of Directors will follow up any complaint with action deemed necessary which may include (but is not limited to) a verbal or written warning, suspension, or being banned from events. If asked to stop a behavior, we ask that you respect the request. If at any time we feel that someone’s safety is compromised or threatened, you may be asked to immediately leave or law enforcement may be called.

We ask that all members and guests use common sense and treat others with respect, allowing all to enjoy the event and share in the joy of dance!

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