Declaration of Safe Space

Jumptown is committed to creating safe and fun spaces for everyone to experience the thrill of swing dancing. We want you to push yourself, learn new things, and meet new people in a safe and comfortable environment. In order to ensure an enjoyable and safe environment for all, Jumptown Swing has implemented the following code of conduct and provided a dance event etiquette guide.

Jumptown students, teachers, staff, committee members, volunteers and participants at our events are required to comply with the following code of conduct. We do not tolerate code of conduct violations in any form. If any Jumptown Swing participant engages in harassing behaviour, we will take prompt action to stop the harassment, including warning the offender or expulsion from the event with no refund. The Jumptown committee reserves the right to exclude serious and/or repeated code of conduct violators on a permanent basis.

If you experience harassment or feel unsafe at any Jumptown Swing event or class, please bring your concerns to one of the teachers or a member of the Jumptown committee (contact details below). We will treat these issues with the strictest confidentiality.

Code of Conduct

  • We do not tolerate any form of harassment or abuse (verbal, physical, emotional, or sexual). Harassment includes offensive verbal comments (related to gender, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, or religion), sexual images in public spaces, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of classes or other events, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention.
  • We do not tolerate the use of misogynist, homophobic, transphobic, ableist, or racist language.

Dance Event Etiquette

  • If you are not a teacher, do not offer unsolicited advice to your fellow students during classes or events. In our experience, people who do this are usually wrong.
  • We expect you to use your full range of senses on the dance floor to avoid accidental collisions and injuries. 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.
  • Please be respectful to event organisers, teachers, volunteers and venue staff, even if you are experiencing a momentary personal frustration. Without the efforts of these individuals, successful swing dancing in Canberra would not be here for us all to enjoy today.
  • We expect all participants to abide by venue rules. Venue rules including (but not limited to) soft shoe policy and food or alcohol policies will be articulated to Jumptown participants prior to each event.
  • If you are leaving a Jumptown venue late at night and would like someone to walk you to your car, or accompany you as you move between official event venues, please let us know and we’d be happy to assist with this. Your safety is extremely important to us.

To Get Help or Assistance

  • Email classes@jumptown.org¬†or leonie@jumptown.org
  • Call Liam on 0412 127 168.
  • Speak to a Jumptown committee member, teacher or event organiser in person (during a class or event).
  • In the event of assault, for emergencies dial 000 or contact the Australian Federal Police 131 444 or the Canberra Rape Crisis Centre (02) 6247 2525.
  • Please contact someone if you need help or have any concerns. Be safe, be considerate, and enjoy Jumptown Swing!

Lindy Hopper’s Etiquette

Everything you needed to know about the etiquette of dancing in one easy infographic.

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Reproduced with permission from Holy Lindy Land. Infographic designed by Ron Dobrovinsky. Produced by Ron Dobrovinsky, Ilya Grigoriev, Maya Shapira and the Holy Lindy Land team.