Code of Conduct/Safer Spaces

Code of Conduct

Swing Buffalo is dedicated to providing a safe, comfortable, and fun environment for all, regardless of gender, race, sexual orientation, age, appearance, disability, or religion.

We do not tolerate harassment of event participants in any form. We consider the following to be examples of harassment:

  • offensive verbal comments
  • sexual language
  • sexual gestures
  • sexual images
  • deliberate intimidation
  • stalking
  • unapproved photography/recording
  • inappropriate physical contact
  • unwelcome sexual attention

If you are being harassed, notice someone else being harassed, or have any concerns, please contact a member of Swing Buffalo staff immediately.

We expect the members of our dance community to respect the personal and physical boundaries of fellow dancers. Every dance is a gift you are giving, and every dance is a gift you are receiving. You are the ultimate authority on your own boundaries. Ask permission and receive consent before dancing with someone, when changing your connection (e.g., going from Lindy to Balboa, going into tandem Charleston, etc.), sharing weight (e.g., dips, etc.), cuddling, photographing someone, or initiating explicit conversations. Understand that different styles of dance come with a different set of partnering agreements, and aesthetics that may not be appropriate for a Swing Buffalo dance event (e.g., some moves acceptable in tango may not be expected or welcomed in swing). While dance can be a way for someone to express sexuality, one should not engage in sexual behavior while dancing. This policy cannot and does not outline every type of acceptable or unacceptable behavior, or resulting consequences.   

When possible, Swing Buffalo Safer Spaces representatives will attempt to work with anyone who violates this code to educate and correct the behavior before any punitive steps are taken. Repeated violations or refusal to cooperate may be met with consequences up to and including expulsion from the event without a refund and suspension from future events.

Regarding alcohol, most of our events are alcohol-free. Occasionally, alcohol may be served. Please drink responsibly. We are happy to refer you to a taxi/ride share if needed. Under-age drinking or supplying alcohol to a minor will not be tolerated. We reserve the right to deny admission or ask anyone to leave who is disruptively intoxicated.

Photographs and/or videos may be taken by Swing Buffalo at our events for promotional or educational use only. Your participation in Swing Buffalo events is considered permission for the use of photographs/videos that may contain your likeness for these purposes. Please note that photographs or video by private individuals may not contain images of other participants without their expressed permission.

Safer Spaces

Swing Buffalo considers those who participate in our events to be part of our dance community. We strive to have all who attend our events feel welcome, accepted, and respected.

Our intention is to create an atmosphere of fun, excitement, and safety. We expect our dancers to be mindful of their surroundings, and be sure their dancing does not cause anyone injury or discomfort. Be aware of your connection and avoid potentially hurtful movements. If you accidentally make contact with someone while dancing, be sure they are ok and apologize. If you unintentionally touch someone’s private area, apologize.

Feel free to ask anyone to dance. Feel free to decline a dance, with no need to give any excuse. If you are declined, do not take it personally or press the matter. Be gracious at all times.

Swing Buffalo does not allow aerials or flips on the social dance floor. A dancer’s feet must remain below their hips.

If you witness or experience behavior that is inappropriate or makes someone uncomfortable, bring it to a Swing Buffalo staff person immediately.

Attendees to Swing Buffalo classes and events assume all risk and responsibility for injuries they may cause or suffer. Swing Buffalo is not responsible for lost or stolen possessions.