Code of Conduct

 

DanceTown has a code of conduct which we expect all dancers to follow. This helps to create a safe, fun and comfortable atmosphere for all. It is intended to be informative, so that all dancers know what is appropriate, and allows our newer dancers to feel safe right from their first day.
 

DanceTown promotes a variety of lively dance styles that can be elegant and, most importantly, fun! We strive to create a culture of safety, respect and consent. To support this we teach and promote appropriate and safe dancing. Anyone and everyone who would like to attend is welcome. However,

 

Please be sensitive and respectful of other dancers, staff and teachers. Inappropriate behavior will not be tolerated. Some examples might include:

 

  • Dancing too close or not respecting the personal space of others,

  • Rough dancing, such as using too much strength, forcing a turn or swinging too fast,

  • Dipping or lifting your partner without consent or consideration for others,

  • Rudeness such as ordering people, or pushing them into place,

  • Inappropriate touching or harassment of any sort (e.g. verbal, sexual),

  • Expressing visible anger of any sort or in any way upsetting others in the studio
     

To expand upon this in more detail, this means:
 

  • Respect everyone's physical boundaries. Do not engage in inappropriate or unwanted physical contact. Be sensitive to other people's personal space, including dance floor space and physical proximity. Be conscious not to hold your dance partner too close.
     

  • Keep your partner safe. Don't engage in rough dancing, use too much strength, force turns or swing too fast.
     

  • Seek consent. Before dipping or lifting your partner ensure you have their consent and have consideration of other dancers around you. No lifting on the social dance floor!
     

  • Apologize for accidental touching. Inappropriate touching or harassment of any sort is not tolerated. If accidental inappropriate touching does occur please apologize.
     

  • Respect human rights. Anyone and everyone who would like to attend our dances is welcome. Be accepting of the diversity of people, ages, values and lifestyles that come with our vibrant dance community. Respect dancer's wishes to dance with any gender they choose.
     

  • Be welcoming. Do your best to dance with, and be kind and welcoming, to everyone.
     

  • Graciously accept when someone says 'no' to a dance. If you ask someone to dance and they say no, graciously accept their decision and move on. You can say 'no' to a dance too.
     

  • Be considerate and respectful to the dance organizers, helpers and staff. The success of our events is due to the efforts of many. We all rely on them to make our dances fun and successful. Please respect, support and cooperate with them.

 

 

If you have any concerns, that you are not comfortable addressing yourself, then please speak directly with any teacher, the studio owner (Dane).

 

We reserve the right to refuse admittance or ask an individual to leave if we feel that there is a need to do so.

 

Thank you for respecting this Code of Conduct and doing your part to maintain our joyful, safe, and respectful community.

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