Code of Conduct
Dear all at Swingkatten,
We want you to feel comfortable and safe at Swingkatten’s dance events. Therefore, we have written this Code of Conduct, which you may take into consideration.
EVERYONE IS WELCOME ON THE DANCE FLOOR
Swingkatten is a politically and religiously uncommitted association. We welcome all dancers and swing music lovers irrespective of transgender identity or expression, ethnicity, religion or other belief, disability, sexual orientation or age. No matter if you are a beginner or an experienced dancers – you are all welcome on the dance floor. Everyone is free to ask anyone for a dance.
YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO SAY NO
You have the right to say ’no thank you’ if someone asks you for a dance, or a second dance.
BE OKAY IF SOMEONE SAYS NO
If you are asking someone for a dance, or for a second dance, and the person says ‘no thank you’ – be okay with it. No one is compelled to dance with anyone else.
ASK FOR A SECOND DANCE
If you want to take another dance with the same person, ask ‘should we dance one more song?’ There are old traditions in Sweden about two dances on a row, but no one is obligated to dance a second time.
Please make sure that you don’t dance into someone else – and if that happens, please apologise. Take care of your dance partner so that this person doesn’t dance into someone else. Don’t do “dips” on the social dance floor unless your dance partner has said clearly yes to that. Don’t do acrobatics or lifts on the social dance floor – save those to the jam circle or competitions as long as both of you agree to do that.
Think about your hygiene. Please use deodorant and change sweater, if necessary, during the social dance. Don’t use too strong perfume and be considerate to people with allergies or someone who is sensible to strong odors.
PERSONAL BOUNDARYS ARE IMPORTANT
Respect other people’s bodies and boundaries. Don’t touch anybody without OK, and stop if anyone asks for it. Every person sets its own boundaries at courses and social dances.
WE TAKE CARE OF EACH OTHER
If you harass somebody, you will have to leave the place. Other arrangements can be exclusion or a report to the police.