This policy forms part of the rules of this event, but parts have been reproduced here for clarity and ease of reference.
SummerJive is dedicated to providing a safe, inclusive and comfortable dance experience for all attendees. We expect that all participants will work together with us to ensure that this is a safe dance event for everybody. By attending our event, you agree to abide by our rules and to be held accountable if you engage in unsafe or harassing behaviour.
Safe and harassment-free zone
Sexual and other types of harassment will not be tolerated at any time during this event. Sexual harassment is behaviour which is sexual in nature which could be expected to make a person feel offended, humiliated, or intimidated. Sexual harassment can be physical, verbal, or written, and the behaviour does not have to be repeated to be harassment.
One example of behaviour which falls into this category involves a lead, leading a move on a follow which requires the follow to get closer than they are comfortable – sitting on the lead’s knee, snuggling, close moves, or dancing with the lead’s eye line or hands on their hem. The follow stops dancing, or tries to gracefully exit, but the lead verbally insists that the follow must do what they have led, or coaches them into the lead’s desired position.
The absence of an enthusiastic YES is a NO
Ask! And only go as far as the least comfortable / confident person is comfortable doing.
If a dancer does not do what you want the first time, then attempt a different move or movement! Repeatedly trying to get someone to do something makes you look like a bad dancer!
Unsolicited advice is a bad move
Do not teach on the dance floor – if your partner is not doing what you want, then either they can’t do it, don’t want to do it, or you are not communicating your wishes clearly enough. Unless it involves a safety issue, keep advice to yourself, unless you have been asked to give your advice. Be positive!
Gender and Dance Role
SummerJive understands that gender and gender presentation do not dictate your dance role preferences. Many of us dance as both lead and follow, particularly when we’ve been dancing for a long while, as it gives us the opportunity to dance with more people, and gives us insight into what a dance role is looking for from another.
When social dancing, please choose whatever dance role you and the person you are dancing with are comfortable with at that time. Wristbands will be available for those who like to make their role preferences clear at a glance.
When it comes to talking about and to people, if you haven’t heard from that person themselves what pronouns they prefer, please use the non-gender-specific singular ‘they / them / their’. We understand that some people find this difficult, but it is a way of being welcoming that falls into the same category as using the name, nickname, and pronunciation that people have told you that they prefer.
You may be photographed at this event by event photographers, officials, and other attendees. Consent to having these photographs used to advertise this event or future events will be assumed; please let photographers know if you wish to opt-out. All photographers will take reasonable precautions to ensure that no photo taken is inflammatory or does not meet society standards.
If you have any concerns, please contact us! We will listen and do our best to help. In addition, there will be forms on the front desk at our event in the awful (and hopefully unlikely) event that you need to document an incident for us.