CODE OF CONDUCT
RESPECT EACH OTHER
This is an inclusive community for people from all ages, creeds, genders, ethnicities, sexual orientation, socio-economics, ability, political beliefs etc. to meet and share in this very awesome dance we call swing. ALL ARE WELCOME. Saying rude/racist/prejudice things to each other hurts the experience of the whole community.
ASK PEOPLE TO DANCE VERBALLY
It is important that consent is given before you start dancing. Everyone has the right to revoke consent at any time. Consent to touch for dance purposes does not include the right to touch the person anywhere. Be aware of your partner’s non-verbal reactions as well. It’s also polite to say which role you’re asking to dance as.
IF YOU SAY YES TO ONE DANCE, YOU DON'T HAVE TO SAY YES TO MORE
Sometimes people want to dance more than one dance in a row with the same partner. This is not a requirement.
BE OKAY WITH NO
It’s okay to say no when someone asks you to dance. Reciprocally, if someone says no to you, they have their reasons too. Try not to take it personally. See it as supporting your own license to say no!
DO NOT HARASS ANYONE
Not sexually, not physically, not emotionally, not by leering, by making suggestive comments, or by bullying. To fully understand what is considered harassment, please visit the Victorian Human Rights Commission's website.
IF YOU FEEL HURT OR VIOLATED IN A DANCE, IT'S OK TO STOP DANCING
You can let the person know why. Dancers, please don’t be rough with each other.
GIVING DANCE ADVICE ON THE SOCIAL FLOOR IS NOT ALLOWED
During a dance class, you may ask a dance partner if they would like feedback, and can proceed if they say yes. Be polite. If someone is hurting you, you are always able to let them know.
NO LIFTS AND AERIALS ON THE SOCIAL FLOOR
Airsteps have always been reserved for performances and jam circles, where it is considered okay to do so, with consent of your partner. Stay safe! Always make sure your partner knows that you intend to do the airstep.
INTOXICATION AND ACTING OUT IS NOT ALLOWED
If this happens more than once, you may be asked to leave indefinitely.
Please let us know about any violations of the Code of Conduct
If you or someone you know have felt uncomfortable by the actions of anyone (student, teacher, musician etc.) at our events, please let us know right away. 1929 will ensure that your confidentiality is upheld and we will take the appropriate steps to deal with the situation. We will support you.
What will happen next?
Depending on the situation, violators can be contacted for a conversation and reference to the Code of Conduct, to expulsion from our venues and events.
How can I report something?
Tell your teacher or another 1929 staff member ASAP
Speak to a 1929 teacher or staff in person
Email us via the Contact Us form
Repeated infringement of our Code of Conduct will not be tolerated
Many thanks to the teachers, staff and community members who have helped to create this Code of Conduct.
As we grow and learn from reports and the process, this page will be updated.
Here is a great infographic of etiquette by Holy Lindy Land, based on a "Swungover" blog post by Bobby White.