Code of Conduct and Safety Policy
Manchester Lindy has chosen to adopt the S.I.S.T.E.R. Code of Conduct:
We believe that the Lindy Hop world is already welcoming, supportive (and awesome!) and that instances of inappropriate behaviour are rare. The S.I.S.T.E.R code is designed to acknowledge that we all have a responsibility to build safety into events, and to contribute to the well being of the whole community. We love to dance, and we want you to love it too.
Guidelines for Being Good People
The following good people guidelines apply to EVERYONE attending a S.I.S.T.E.R Code event, including members of staff, volunteers and visiting teachers:
1. We will be NICE to everyone and treat all people with respect. We will not discriminate according to sex, gender expression or sexual orientation, nor race, religion, or nationality. We will treat everyone equally, regardless of age, ability, physical appearance, lifestyle, dance experience or dance role.
2. We will be INCLUSIVE and invite others to dance, and we will be gracious if turned down. We may say no without giving a reason, but we will be polite when doing so and if we promise to dance later on, we will honour that promise.
3. We will be RESPONSIBLE for our own physical safety and that of others nearby. We will practice safe floor-craft and say sorry if we accidentally bump another person. We will not offer unsolicited advice or instruction, nor perform aerials on the social floor. We will consume alcohol responsibly, and if we are drunk enough to pose a risk to ourselves or others, we will leave the dance floor, and retire to the bar.
4. We will take CARE of our own personal hygiene, and bring towels, spare clothing and extra deodorant if necessary. We will be considerate when choosing our clothing, footwear, and accessories and not we will not wear anything that is potentially hazardous to ourselves or to others.
5. We will be RESPECTFUL and acknowledge that the personal boundaries of others may not be the same as our own. We will be mindful of the appropriateness of language that some may find offensive. We will not touch anyone without consent and we will apologise immediately if we unintentionally touch a person’s private areas.
6. We UNDERSTAND that following the above guidelines ensures a better experience for everyone and that participating in any kind of verbal, physical or sexual abuse will have consequences. This may include, but is not limited to, being asked to leave without refund and exclusion from future events.
7. We, the organisers, PROMISE to treat any reports made, from dancers in our home scenes or elsewhere, with sensitivity and to keep all details as confidential as is possible (however, in the unlikely event of a police investigation, all information will become disclosable).
*We encourage anyone who has experienced or witnessed intimidating or inappropriate behaviour to report it to an organiser. At Manchester Lindy your suggested points of contact are:
- Paula – paulahardykangelos(at)mail.com
- Andy W – drbobchoco(at)gmail.com
If you prefer to talk in person, or would prefer to speak to another member of the committee, you are welcome to do so at any event throughout the year. If you’d rather contact someone outside of our immediate group, any of the dance groups listed here will be pleased to help.
S.I.S.T.E.R. code organisers and teachers will happily provide support to anyone experiencing problematic behaviours in the swing dance scene, not just our own dancers and students.
Any other complaints can also be emailed to Paula or Andy as above, or to the main manchesterlindy(a)gmail.com address.