Couples dancing is an amazing way of conecting with people! It can push some of the normal social boundaries of everyday life. It involves a lot of intresting and fun interactions with both strangers and friends. However, it also requiers that you respect your dance partners’ bounderies.
More and more people discover how fun and amazing it is to dance Lindy Hop. It is everyone’s responsibility to create a safe and welcoming environment in our dance scene. Everyone attending Malmö Spring Jump are required to follow these codes of conducts.
Everyone is welcome to Malmö Spring Jump, regardless of age, gender, sexual preference, looks, disabilities, religion or origin. Any sort of harasment is unacceptable, regardless if it’s: sexual, racial or in any other offensive form.
The crew of Malmö Spring Jump or any board member of Cats’ Corner can always be contacted if a situation occurs. A participant that has been told to stop with an unsafe or offensive behaviour is expected to stop immediately. The board of Cats’ Corner has the right to expel, temporary or permanently, a participant from Malmö Spring Jump or any other Cats’ Corner event. A suspended participant can not request financial compensation.
If you think your dance partner is offensive, intrusive or is a source of injury risk, stop dancing and speak gently but affermative with the person. If the person dosen’t respect this, stop dancing and speak with a person responsible at the event.
If your told by your dance partner or someone else that something your doing is uncomfortable, respect this. Something that’s acceptable for one person may not be it for another one.
Never critise someones dancing if your not specificaly asked to do so. This goes for both classes and social dancing.
Specific for Social Dancing
Adapt your dancing! Be aware of your partners dance ability, crowds on the dancefloor and your own shape on the day.
It’s everyones responsibility to not crash into each other on the dance floor. Keep your eyes open, regardless if your following or leading. Be aware of your dance partner’s postion and movement and also the dancers around you.
If you bump into, or crash into, another dancer, apologise. Regardless if you think it’s your fault or not. Make eye contact and apologise to the one you bumped into.
Some dance moves aren’t appropriative on a social dance floor. Advanced aerials and the likes are not allowed on the social floor, as it may harm you or the people around you. They are, of course, allowed during controlled practice, jams and shows. Never try advanced aerials, dips or other acrobatic moves without talking to your partner first. Also try simpler variations first that you’ve agreed on.
In the nordic countries it is customary to dance two songs when your asked to dance. To leave the dance floor directly after one song may be offensive. Be aware of this if you prefer to dance for only one song. Also be aware that internationaly it’s custom to dance for only one song. An international guest may leave the floor prematuraly. Communicate with your dance partner, before or after a song if you would like to dance one or two songs.
Take care of each other! Be aware of your dance partners needs and everyone else at the dance event, and dont forget to help each other when needed, we are a community after all.