crescent city swing safe spaces policy

Crescent City Swing is dedicated to providing a safe and comfortable environment for everyone.  We do not tolerate harassment or discrimination of any kind. In joining us on the dance floor or agreeing to learn and work with us in any capacity, you agree to treat all participants with care and respect, to take ownership of your actions and language, and to abide by our code of conduct.

Code of Conduct

Crescent City Swing is for everybody

We welcome participants of any race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, ability, physical appearance, religion, and age. We also encourage students to learn whichever dance role they are interested in.

We do not tolerate discrimination of any kind 

Racist, misogynist, homophobic, transphobic, ableist, or any other hateful or hurtful language or behavior will not be tolerated, period. Any behaviors, actions, or speech that result in making someone feel uncomfortable are unwelcome and will not be tolerated.

We do not tolerate harassment of any kind

Harassment, including offensive verbal comments, deliberate intimidation, stalking or following, inappropriate or unwanted physical contact, and any non-consensual sexual attention will not be tolerated.

It's everyone's responsibility to make a comfortable environment

If someone explains that you are making them uncomfortable, respect their wishes and adjust your behavior accordingly. If you are bothered by the conduct of another student or event participant, please contact Crescent City Swing staff so that appropriate action can be taken to make the space more comfortable for everyone.

Your body is important

Respect the bodies and persons of other people: do not touch without asking permission, stop if someone asks you to stop touching them, and give other dancers space and time alone if they need it.

USE YOUR WORDS

When asking for a dance or to partner during class or on the social floor, it's important to express your intention to dance with words. Hand gestures are discouraged and physical contact before receiving an affirmative answer is to be avoided. Remember to say please and thank you, before and after the dance!

It's okay to say "no"

There are many reasons that a fellow student or dancer may say no to a dance. You have the freedom to say no at any point, and there is no need to explain the reason for your decision. When you receive a "no," respect their decision without pressing the issue or asking further.

Be okay with people saying "no"

If you ask someone to dance and they say “no,” be comfortable with that response and move on. No one is obliged to dance with you. This expectation extends beyond dance requests to all personal interaction, conversation, the classroom environment, and beyond. No means no.

Respect the learning process

During classes and social dances, unprompted feedback and criticism is not welcome and teaching should be left to our professional staff. Statements of judgment about dance skill and learning ability are also not welcome in our learning environment. If you see or experience something unsafe in someone’s dancing, please notify our staff. However, if you see something you enjoy in someone's dancing, let them know about it!

Safety first

Whether in class or on the social dance floor, you and your partner are responsible for your own physical safety and that of those around you. Refrain from aerials, aggressive dips, and other potentially unsafe moves. Respect your personal space and the space of others around you while dancing. Accidents happen on the dance floor - quickly apologize to your partner and to anyone you may have bumped.

WE’RE LOOKING OUT FOR ONE ANOTHER

If you harass or otherwise make someone uncomfortable, you may be asked to leave, you may be banned from classes and/or events managed by our team, authorities may be notified, and this is at our discretion. We don’t have to give you a second chance.

How to Report a Concern

If you are being harassed or made uncomfortable, if you notice that someone else is being harassed or being made uncomfortable, or if you have any other concerns in or around Crescent City Swing classes or events, please notify our staff immediately.  Notification can be made in person during classes or events, or by email to contact@crescentcityswing.com. You may also contact us anonymously (or include your name/contact info, if you wish) using the online form below. Your concerns will always be treated professionally and confidentially.