Safe Spaces Policy

At JiveSwing we are committed to providing a safe and enjoyable space to dance in. We want all of our dancers to feel welcomed and comfortable at our classes, workshops and events and try to foster an atmosphere where people want to talk and dance with any participant, not just those within their immediate social circle. We are particularly committed to ensuring that dancing experience (or lack of) is not a barrier and that beginners feel encouraged and valued by our more experienced dancers and teachers.

Every dancer plays a role in allowing us to maintain and grow our community and with that in mind we ask that you read the following code of conduct in full to help us keep the space safe for every participant.

JiveSwing welcome all dancers regardless of gender/gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religion, disability or physical appearance.

Lead and follow roles are not gender specific and dancers are welcome to dance as both leaders and followers. All of our teachers are able and willing to dance either role.

Be considerate of other dancers on the dance floor. Say sorry if you bump into someone. Aerials and tricks should only be carried out in a jam session with a consenting partner and with plenty of space around you.

At JiveSwing we pride ourselves on having the most welcoming, friendly and inclusive community. However, you are not obligated to dance with anyone you don’t want to. You don’t need to offer an explanation, just a polite refusal. Similarly, if at any point you wish to stop dancing with someone, you can stop.

Don’t be offended if someone refuses a dance with you, please accept the refusal graciously. There are many reasons why someone may refuse a dance, most of which will have nothing to do with you.

It is absolutely critical that all dancers feel respected and safe at our events. If you experience or witness any behaviour that makes you feel uncomfortable, upset or threatened, please speak to the Venue Manager immediately. If you would like to speak to someone at another time, please contact Charlotte Middlemiss on admin or 07946 396 777. We will treat these issues with the strictest confidence and by coming forward you may prevent future incidents from occurring. If the incident has occurred outside of the event please speak to us, even if you are unsure as to whether it is relevant.

Complaints of inappropriate behaviour or harassment will be followed up (either immediately, or at a later time, depending on the nature of the complaint) in consultation with the complainant. Actions we may take include; speaking to the accused about their behaviour, asking them to leave the event, banning them from all future JiveSwing classes/events, reporting the incident to the police.

At events where alcohol is permitted, please drink sensibly and in moderation. Drinking too much will not be accepted as an excuse for behaving inappropriately. Do not drive under the influence. We are happy to call you a cab if required.

Please be aware that while we will deal with all complaints sensitively and confidentially, we are not trained counselors. Where there is an issue outside of our scope of expertise we will make you aware of relevant organisations who can help you.

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