Code of Conduct

Code of Conduct

By attending Balhalla Weekend, you are expected to abide by the following code of conduct. We reserve the right to remove any persons from our event for harassment or other inappropriate behavior.

Balhalla Weekend intends to offer a safe space for everyone involved. Our event exists with the purpose of bringing people together to share in the love of swing music and social dance and learn together in an environment that is welcoming for all people. Balhalla Weekend welcomes everyone regardless of sex, race, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, appearance, age, and any other aspect of identity.

In order to create and maintain a space in which all people feel welcome and safe, we need all participants to read, understand, and respect the following code of conduct.

At all times during the event, a team of staff whose purpose is to help create a safe environment for all participants will be available to you and identifiable by a red and purple felt heart pinned to their clothing. If at any time you feel harassed, threatened, or otherwise unsafe, we hope that you will feel comfortable approaching one of the safe spaces staff to report your experience. We know disclosing an uncomfortable situation can be difficult. We are here for you!! You have the right to be heard, believed, and supported, and we respect your privacy. We can and will keep anything in confidence should it make you feel more safe. In the event that you are not comfortable approaching one of our staff, please feel free to contact us by email at balhallaweekend@gmail.com

Consent

Any dancer has the right to say no for any reason, and at any time, and without explanation. Individuals are not to touch any other persons at any time without consent. We expect all participants and staff to respect the autonomy of all other persons at Balhalla Weekend 2017.

 

Harassment and aggressive Behavior

Balhalla Weekend has a zero tolerance policy for aggressive behavior and harassment. Abusive, aggressive, violent, or threatening behavior, unwanted contact, acts of a sexual nature, or similar verbal or sexual harassment will not be tolerated. In the event that you exhibit any of these behaviors, you will be asked to leave without refund. You are responsible for your own behavior. In the event that persons asked to leave the event for inappropriate behavior refuse to leave by their own will, authorities will be contacted to remove the aggressor.

 

Lifts and Drops are prohibited

Lifts, aerials, dips, drops, etc (any situation in which one person takes on the weight of another) are not for social dancing and prohibited at Balhalla Weekend dances, practice sessions, or competitions. They are permitted during jam circles should one occur if you have already practiced these moves with your partner, and have their full consent before executing them.

Respect

We ask that you show respect to every member of the community and visitors, no matter their skill level, identity, chosen dance role, or involvement in the community.

Communication

At any point, if you feel uncomfortable for any reason (be it physical, psychological, sexual, or injury) talk to your partner, instructor, safe spaces staff, or Balhalla Weekend coordinators. Do not hesitate to inform your dance partner of how to make the dance more comfortable for you, say no to a dance, or remove yourself from any situation should you feel uncomfortable.

Everyone has the right to say NO

All individuals reserve the right to turn down an invitation to dance, or stop a dance, with anyone at any time. Should you so choose, you may offer explanation, however it is not required or expected. A simple “no thank you” should suffice. In the event that someone refuses a dance with you or needs to leave the floor mid dance, you are expected to respect the other person’s decision. People refuse dances for many reasons, be it personal injury or otherwise. Please try not to take it personally.

Floor Craft

Yes, we know Balboa doesn’t take up a whole lot of space, but please be mindful of your space and dancers around you! Be sure you have enough space to dance, or make an effort to keep your dance small enough to fit the space available. All dancers are responsible for their own safety on the floor, and we expect all dancer to be mindful of their partners and surrounding dancers. In being mindful of your space and your extremities, you can prevent injury of yourself, your partner, and your fellow dancers.

 

In the event that you feel unsafe approaching our staff, please feel free to contact us at balhallaweekend@gmail.com.