Swing Asheville is dedicated to providing an emotionally and physically safe event experience for everyone regardless of gender/gender identity and presentation, race, sexual orientation, ability, age, physical appearance, body size, race, religion, socio-economic background, dance skill level, or dance role. As such harassment of any kind, sexual predation, and emotional and sexual abuse of any kind are not tolerated. If a member harasses someone during a Swing Asheville event, they may be asked to leave without a refund. If a member has been accused of such behavior (either during an event or outside of), the board will launch an investigation, and if these accusations are deemed valid, then disciplinary action will be taken and given the severity of the situation, the person may be banned from all future Swing Asheville events. These decisions are at our–the Swing Asheville Board’s–discretion. Our standards apply equally to everyone, including new and existing dancers, staff, and leadership.
Harassment includes but is not limited to intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of events, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome attention. Firearms and other weapons are also prohibited. If you engage in these activities, you may be asked to leave or be banned.
Harassment also includes racist, misogynist, homophobic, transphobic, fatphobic, or ableist language, or any offensive verbal comments related to the above categories. It’s not only wrong, it’s embarrassing and in bad taste. Don't use language of this kind, or you may be asked to leave or be banned.
By attending our events, you agree to abide by our policies, including our Covid-19 Policies. You also agree to abide by posted instructions at our events and the verbal instructions of staff. If you do not abide by our policies and written and verbal instructions, you may be asked to leave or face further consequences. Public health is an important part of public safety; help us all keep each other safe.
Don't make other patrons uncomfortable by treating our classes or dances like a pick-up joint. Treat one another as people and dancers first and foremost, not merely as potential dates. Take particular care to ensure that new dancers feel welcomed and safe, and don't abuse your social status or your perceived dance ability to the detriment of these individuals. Also, be aware that unsolicited advice is usually not appreciated and that it can constitute harassment. Always be mindful of your dance partners’ comfort levels, especially with regard to particular moves or styles. When in doubt, ask. Air steps or aerials and other similar moves are forbidden on the social floor unless you are in a jam circle.
Because Swing Asheville welcomes people of all ages, dancers and staff may have interactions with minors. Avoid being alone with any minors out of the view of staff or other adults. Do not take photographs of minors. Additionally, when dancing with minors avoid any moves or positions that could be considered intimate.
If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or otherwise witness something that is harmful, abusive, or predatory, we strongly encourage you to contact the event organizers, course instructors, or another staff member of Swing Asheville. No matter the severity of the issue, if you feel uncomfortable, we want to hear from you about it. Talk to a staff member in person, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or even fill out our online feedback form. In addition to taking actions against the perpetrators of harassment, organizers and staff will be happy to discuss your options and to support you through whichever course of action you choose to take in order to feel safe at our events. Options may include facilitating conversations with harassers, providing you with escorts, contacting local law enforcement, or other types of assistance. We will also protect your identity if you so choose.
If you are engaging in harassing behavior, the event organizers or course instructors may take any action that they deem appropriate. These are some of the things that may happen to you:
Finally, note that although we are not able to arbitrate all social interactions or conflicts that occur outside of our events, we will take action if we believe that a person's presence will create an unwelcoming or unsafe environment, or if it will negatively impact the wellbeing of our other patrons.
In short, behave as an adult, treat one another with respect, and help us to create and strengthen a culture of inclusiveness, so that our collective dance community remains as healthy as it can be.