It's very important to us at Ritz Lindy Hoppers that everyone feels welcome and included. Please be mindful of each other, we're here to make friends and have a good time.
- In class, only give feedback when someone asks. Make sure you give your feedback in a constructive way (tip: use phrases such as "I feel like ..." instead of "you're doing this wrong!"). Keep the social dance floor free of feedback. It's always OK to give feedback in case something hurts, it's important to prevent any injuries!
- Dance with everyone, regardless of their dancing skills.
- Please ask politely for a dance, and be aware that everyone regardless of gender might like to lead or follow. Eg. always start with a "would you like to dance, and which role?", you could even include a "lead, follow or switch?". These guidelines can also be used during a snowball, or a jam circle with steals.
- Make sure to dance in a way that is safe for you, your partner, and for others on the floor. If you accidentally bump into/step on/kick someone else on the dance floor, make sure to apologize (it doesn't really matter whose fault it was, right?). A quick "sorry" will do, making sure everyone is OK, and you can all go on dancing.
- It's OK to say "no thanks" if you don't feel like dancing. We all have our reasons and you don't have to explain yourself (we may be tired, maybe we just wanna watch etc.). A kind "no thank you" should be enough.
RULES OF CONDUCT
We want to make sure that our workshop is a safe and welcoming space, regardless of gender, age, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religious views, physical appearance, skill level etc. and we've therefore put together a short list of rules that all attendees, instructors, and volunteers are required to comply with. Organizers will enforce this code throughout the event:
- No sort of harassment is tolerated, including, but not limited to, verbal abuse, intimidation, inappropriate physical contact or sexual harassment. Any emotional, physical or sexual harassment in any situation including classes, dances, other social situations, or online will not be tolerated. If you should experience anything that doesn't feel right, or you hear/see something happen to someone else, please inform our event managers immediately.
- Participants asked to stop inappropriate behaviour are expected to comply immediately. If a participant is acting in an inappropriate manner repeatedly, the event organizers may remove the participant from the event with no refund. Depending on the severity of the situation (eg. extreme situations such as violent or criminal behaviour), the participant may be removed immediately and/or banned from future workshops, and if necessary proper authorities will be called.