Expectations & Code of Conduct
By attending our events, you agree to adhere to the behavioural expectations as outlined below. Directors, Staff, and Volunteers are also expected to adhere to these expectations.
Lindy Hop is a joyful dance, and all those who participate should be able to do so in a welcoming and comfortable environment. Theatre is an expression of the entire human experience. While some of these guidelines below are specific to dancing, please adhere to the spirit of these guidelines at theatre events as well.
Every attendee to our events are expected to adhere to the following guidelines:
Respect others. Be aware that all of us have varying degrees of abilities/disabilities and dance experience. Understand that everyone comes from different life experiences, and that these differences colour our worldviews and influence our behaviour.
Be conscious of the boundaries (physical, emotional, mental, etc.) of others. Be aware of others’ body language and personal space. Recognize that these boundaries are different for each individual.
Touch is an essential part of social dancing and ONLY consensual touch should be practiced. If someone is uncomfortable with a type of movement or connection, do not continue to perform it with that person.
Continuous consent is mandatory. Do not perform moves that violate the consent of the person with whom you are dancing (e.g., do not dip someone who does not want to be dipped).
Know that “No” is a perfectly acceptable answer. There are many reasons why someone may decline a dance. You are allowed to decline a dance for any reason and are not required to provide an explanation for your decision. If someone declines your dance invitation, accept the “no” as your answer immediately. Do not attempt to change the mind of the person who said it or try to make them feel bad for rejecting your invitation.
Declining a dance or activity with one person does not mean you cannot accept or decline a dance or activity with another person at any time, even during the same song. You are in charge of your own body and your own decisions and do not owe either to anyone.
Understand the impacts of your actions. Be accountable for what you say and do.
Respect the dance. Acknowledge its history and origins. Lindy Hop is a Black American dance born out of the Savoy Ballroom in Harlem in the late 1920s and 1930s. Although many people who currently dance this style are White, Lindy Hop was not created by White people. You can read more about the origins of this dance style here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lindy_Hop
Respect the space. We are guests in this venue and it should look exactly the same when we leave it as it did when we first entered.
If any individual requests that a specific gender or non-gendered language be used when referring to them, it is mandatory that all Hit That Jive guests, patrons, staff, partners, volunteers, or representatives respect this request. If you make a mistake and use the incorrect pronoun or term, apologize, and try again. Yes, it might be an adjustment. Yes, you might make mistakes. Yes, you can do it.
Lindy Hop and most partnered dancing comes from a long history, and we believe we can honour and acknowledge that history without having to perpetuate every element of it. As a policy, all Hit That Jive staff and instructors are expected to avoid specifying gender when referring to any dance role or term (e.g. “Leads”, “Follows”, “Flyers”, “Bases”; not “guys”, “girls”, “gents”, “ladies”, etc.).
Furthermore, we wish to acknowledge that the land on which we gather is Treaty 6 territory and a traditional meeting ground for many Indigenous peoples.
If you see something, say something. Let the organizer or a trusted advocate know if you witness behaviour that makes you feel uncomfortable or concerned for the safety of yourself or someone else. If you are comfortable doing so, check in on anyone who looks like they may need support. The organizer reserves the right to remove any individual from an event without re-entry to maintain the safety and comfort of those participating in the event.
Please reach out to the event organizer if you experience or witness harassment, abuse, assault, consent violation, or any other kind of harmful behaviour. If such incidents occur, the organizer will take action to intervene in any manner they deem appropriate. This may include removing patrons from the event who do not act in accordance to these rules. Disrespect, harassment, aggression, violence, and violations of consent will not be tolerated at any Hit That Jive event.