Code Of Conduct
Third Saturday Swing Code Of Conduct
We here at Third Saturday Swing (“TSS”) are proud to be part of the worldwide swing dancing community. We want our attendees to have a fun, safe, and welcoming experience here at our dance. We are dedicated to making sure our guests feel safe and accepted, no matter their gender, age, sexual orientation, disability, size, appearance, race or religion.
We ask all attendees, staff, and volunteers at Third Saturday Swing to comply with the following code of conduct. The TSS Staff will enforce this code throughout the event. We are expecting cooperation from all participants to help ensure a safe environment for everybody.
Options For Help
If for any reason you feel uncomfortable while at Third Saturday Swing, we would like to help. While attending our dance, feel free to seek out one of our staff members (Ben, Sheri, Tao, Sam) to speak with. Or you can simply go speak with the DJ or the front desk person and let them know you are looking for a staff member to speak with and they will send someone to find one of us for you.
Third Saturday Swing Staff: Ben, Sheri, Tao, Sam
If you prefer to contact Third Saturday Swing via email or phone, you can contact us below:
Ben Yau, Owner
Sheri Yau, Owner
If you prefer to stay anonymous, please consider writing your feedback on a paper and dropping it into our Suggestion Box by the front desk.
When you contact a staff member, we will engage you in, as much as possible, a confidential and discreet conversation. You will be asked how you would like the situation to be handled. And finally, action will be taken at the discretion of the staff and owners.
Code Of Conduct In Detail
- No forms of harassment will be tolerated, which includes but is not limited to offensive verbal comments, sexual images in public spaces, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, disruptive behavior, inappropriate or non-consensual physical contact, and unwelcome physical attention.
- Demanding that a person dance with you is not acceptable. Always ask, understanding that it is their right to say, “Yes,” or “No.”
- You have the right to refuse to dance with anyone. While dancing requires a certain amount of physical contact, if a dance partner is touching you in a way that makes you feel uncomfortable you have the right to tell them to stop, or to end dancing with them altogether even in the middle of a song. It is your body and you have a right to choose who touches it. Guests at TSS are expected to comply immediately with any such requests from their fellow dancers.
- If anyone on or off the dance floor at TSS is behaving in a manner that makes you or someone else uncomfortable, or you have any other concerns, please contact a TSS staff member immediately using one of the methods above. The TSS event staff may take any action they deem appropriate, including warning the offender and/or asking the offender to leave without a refund. TSS also reserves the right to refuse entry to anyone for any reason.
- Alcohol is served by the American Legion in their tavern room. TSS does not provide, serve, and/or sell, and is not responsible for any consumption of, alcoholic beverages on the premises. Any questions or concerns regarding the service of alcohol should be addressed to the American Legion or their staff. Consumption of alcohol is limited to the tavern room which is maintained by the American Legion. Alcohol is not permitted anywhere outside the tavern room, including but not limited to the lounge and ballroom. Intoxicated persons are not permitted at TSS and will be asked to leave. Consumption of alcohol by persons under 21 years of age is prohibited by law and is not permitted at TSS under any circumstances. Intoxicated persons or minors consuming alcohol should be reported immediately to TSS staff.
- We expect all participants to follow these rules at our dance venue.
- Please do not offer unsolicited advice to fellow dancers on the social dance floor.
- Please use your full range of senses on the dance floor to avoid accidental collisions and injuries. DO NOT DANCE RECKLESSLY. It is every dancer’s responsibility to be aware of their own and their partner’s movement and position, as well as the movement and position of the dancers surrounding them, in order to avoid all forms of dangerous contact. Aerials are not allowed on the TSS dance floor.
- If inadvertent contact is made on the dance floor with surrounding dancers, please apologize immediately (even if you believe you are not at fault). We want to keep the goodwill going!
- Don’t forget to practice good hygiene. Dancing requires a certain amount of physical contact, so let’s be presentable. For example, groom yourself appropriately prior to the dance, bring extra shirts, towel off when needed, wash hands when needed, etc. In other words, let’s be presentable as a way to be respectful for your prospective dance partners.
Remember To Always Feel Free To Contact Someone If You Need Help!!
AND BE SAFE!
Lastly, please remember that we are all volunteering and dedicating our time to Third Saturday Swing because we are passionate about swing dancing and the swing dance community. We ask that we all look out for each other and be kind and respectful to one another so we may continue to spread the goodwill and positive spirit that is swing dancing!