Code of Conduct

The Swing Dance Community takes it's safety very seriously. To ensure everyone feels safe and unthreatened, we have put in place a Code of Conduct.

Please take the time to read this and if you have any queries, please feel free to contact us.

 

 

sydney lindy exchange code of conduct

Sydney Lindy Exchange is dedicated to providing a fun, safe and inclusive environment for participants.   We want to create an environment where you can joyfully dance, make new friends and feel safe. In order to ensure this positive atmosphere, we have implemented a Code of Conduct.

SLX attendees, staff, teachers, volunteers, bands and DJs are all required to comply with the Code of Conduct.  Read it. Learn it. Live it  

In summary:

  • Everyone deserves the right to a safe and comfortable event experience regardless of their gender, age, sexual orientation, ability, physical appearance, race and religion (or lack thereof).
  • We do not tolerate harassment or assault of event participants.  This includes offensive verbal comments, sexual images in a public space, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, inappropriate or unwanted physical contact, harassing photography or recording and unwelcome sexual attention.
  • Anyone engaging in this behaviour will be asked to stop and expected to comply immediately
  • The staff of SLX reserves the right to take any action deemed necessary to enforce this code. Anyone considered in breach of this code could be subject to a verbal warning, expulsion from the event without a refund and, if necessary, the Police will be notified.  In some circumstances, the matter may also be reported to other swing dance schools/events to protect our fellow community members.

 

OPTIONS FOR HELP

If you feel unsafe, have been injured or just have a concern, we encourage you to speak directly with the person involved and try to resolve the issue.  If resolution cannot be reached or you feel unsafe or uncomfortable in dealing directly with them, please seek the assistance of a friend you can trust or one of the following people who will address your concerns professionally and confidentially:

If you see someone being harassed or looking uncomfortable you are encouraged to take the initiative and go over and just ask “Hi, are you OK?” or just strike up a conversation, ask them if they’d like to dance or grab a drink together etc. The idea is to help them remove themselves from the situation.

 

JUST BE A GOOD HUMAN!

We expect you to take ownership of your own behaviour and actions.  If someone lets you know (verbally or non-verbally) that they are feeling uncomfortable, check your behaviour, apologize sincerely and make a change.  If you accidently touch someone in an inappropriate way, apologise immediately.

We support everyone’s right to say “no”… to a dance, to a dip, to an aerial, even during a dance if you begin to feel uncomfortable.  If you receive a “no” please accept it graciously, just smile and say “No problem”.

Some events will be attended by under 18’s. Please ensure that your behaviour is appropriate on and off the dance floor and do not provide alcohol to anyone under the age of 18 as it is illegal. Late night events not held in licensed premises require a parent or parent-appointed guardian to be in attendance at the event for all attendees under the age of 18 for the entire time the minor is present. We are not able to stand in proxy for parents at an event we run.

If you are behaving inappropriately as a result of intoxication we reserve the right to remove you from the event and we encourage event attendees to not drink and drive.