We are a community that is based on mutual respect and trust and our shared loved of Swing dance. Regardless of race, gender, age, religion (or lack of one), disability, physical appearance, sexual orientation or identification, all are welcome at Boulder Swing Dance. We strive to be a supportive community where people can express themselves creatively through dance.
We want you to push yourself, learn new things, and meet people who will challenge you in whatever aspect of the dance you pursue. We believe in the value of public arts’ spaces, and we believe in the mixing of diverse groups of people that these places encourage. We believe in humor and the power of not taking oneself seriously. To help make this happen at Boulder Swing Dance all teachers, volunteers, and participants are expected to treat each other with respect as well as abide by the following etiquette.
- Practice good personal hygiene. While dancing you will be in close proximity to others. Make sure to wear deodarant and possibly have an extra shirt on hand. A breath mint can help.
- You have the right to refuse a dance for any reason. While we encourage people to dance with as many people as possible, it is always your right to refuse a dance. Trust your instincts. If you are turned down for a dance remember that dancing with someone is a privilege and not something you are automatically entitled too.
- Do not offer unsolicited dance advice. The only exception is if you feel like your dance partner is putting you or others in danger. Then please let them know what it is they are doing that is harmful.
- Do not monopolize someone’s time at a dance. In North America it is customary to dance one song with someone. In Europe it is two songs. Of course if you both wish to keep dancing together that is fine. Just be aware that the other person most likely has other people they would like to dance with as well.
- Avoid saying things that insults, marginalizes, or denigrates others. Don’t use misogynist, homophobic, transphobic, ableist, or racist language. It’s not funny or acceptable.
- This is not a pickup scene. Sexual advances and/or manipulation of any kind are not tolerated. People are here to dance, not to hook up.
As a community it is everyones responsibility to keep each other safe. Always feel free to let someone know their behavior is not appropriate. Together we can create a space where we can share our passion for the dance, express ourselves creatively, meet new people, and forge friendships and relationships that may last a lifetime.
Let us know
If you feel harassed or unsafe, please contact any of our volunteers or teachers. We will keep your information anonymous and deal with any issues. Anyone engaging in harmful or unacceptable behavior will be asked to leave the event and may be banned from attending future Boulder Swing functions. You can also send us a message at firstname.lastname@example.org, or let us know anonymously in the comment box at our dances or by using the form below.