SAA’s Code of Conduct

Swing Ann Arbor (SAA) is committed to fostering a safe, welcoming, and inclusive environment for everyone. Cultivating this environment requires respecting others’ personal boundaries and identities, maintaining thoughtful connection with dance partners and observing careful floorcraft, as well as respecting the historical and cultural context of the dances and music featured at this event. Every person has the right to feel respected and safe, and we expect cooperation from everyone to help ensure a great experience for everybody!

All attendees, organizers, volunteers, and staff at this event are required to comply with the these expectations and policies. Event participants violating the SAA Code of Conduct may be sanctioned or expelled from the event without a refund at the discretion of the organizers. Repeated or severe infractions of these rules can and will result in you being escorted from the premises and/or permanently banned from SAA and/or other Swing Ann Arbor events.

While many of our rules boil down to “be respectful of other people” and “keep other people safe,” there are specific things that you can DO to keep our spaces safe and inclusive:

  • Take responsibility for your own behavior. If someone raises concerns about your behavior, please listen, examine your behavior, and work to make changes to your behavior that support our community goals.
  • Take the time to educate yourself. Words and behaviors can be harmful. If you’re unsure about something, it’s wisest to avoid saying/or doing it in the meantime, and then educate yourself about it later.
  • Be conscientious on the dance floor. Be aware of your connection with dance partners, and take care to think about floorcraft (a.k.a. Try not to run into or kick other dancers)! Avoid giving unsolicited advice to your fellow dancers, unless it is for your own safety if your partner is hurting you, or to avoid the chances of your partner hurting someone else (no one wants their arm yanked out of their socket, or to be kicked in the shin!).
  • Ask which role(s) someone would like to dance. Rather than assuming whether someone dances follow or lead roles, let them tell you! When asking someone to dance, offer up which role(s) you would like to dance, and/or ask this person which role(s) they would like to dance.
  • Respect when someone says “no.” If you ask someone to dance and they tell you no, be respectful of their decision. Everyone has the right to refuse a dance – for any reason, at any time, without further explanation necessary.
  • Consider what kind of environment is likely to be positive and fun for everyone – and help us to create and maintain it!

 

And, there are a few things that SAA prohibits to cultivate an inclusive space:

  • Aerials, air steps, lifts, floor spins, and other trick moves are not permitted at any time. (This includes dips in which your or your partner’s feet leave the floor.) Do not do them on the social dance floor, in jam circles or competitions, or in the lobby or parking lot. These moves may be permitted for special performances, but this must be cleared with event organizers prior to the performance.
  • Comments or behaviors that make others feel unwelcome, tokenized, unsafe, or otherwise targeted are strictly prohibited. SAA is intended to be a space for everyone regardless of gender identity, age, ethnicity, race, religion, language, sexual orientation, disability, appearance, belief practices, etc.
  • SAA does not tolerate harassment of any kind. This includes but is not limited to: offensive verbal comments, unwanted photography or recording, intimidation, stalking, unwelcome sexual attention, and inappropriate physical contact. These behaviors are not appropriate in any SAA-related venue, including dances, lessons, or social media.
  • SAA is not a pick-up joint. As with all social organizations, our attendees may meet one another and strike up friendships and relationships of various kinds. However, SAA’s attendees are not just a large pool of people to hit on. If you engage in this behavior and make our patrons uncomfortable, you may be asked to leave. Predatory dating behaviors are not acceptable at SAA.
For more information on general dancer etiquette, please check out this handy guide from Swungover: Swungover General Etiquette Guide

21100420_10210717431156504_90015878_nConcerned about something?

We’d like to introduce you to our wonderful Safer Spaces Coordinator, Laura Crouch! (see right). If you have any suggestions or concerns regarding SAA’s Safer Spaces policies, please get in contact with her.
If you observe or experience a situation that threatens the safety of our spaces, please inform SAA through one of the following methods:
– Reach out to Laura (see right) in person or email her at lauracrouch@ymail.com
– Reach out to any member of the SAA board or email us at swingannarbor@umich.edu
All reported incidents and concerns will be handled with respect and confidentiality.
 
–Policy inspired by the organizers of Lindy Hop St. Louis, St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.A., &  Boston Swing Central, Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S.A.