- All participants must rotate partners in our classes; if you would prefer to learn without rotating partners please seek out private lessons
- Do not give your partner unsolicited advice during the class
- Do not discuss with your partner while instructors speaking — you may miss them addressing the very issue you are having
- Arrive on time; students who arrive late may be asked to wait to join the class at an appropriate time as to not disrupt the flow of the class
On the social dance floor:
- Anyone can ask anyone else to dance (and we encourage you to do so!)
- Anyone can say no to a dance without obligation, excuse, or explanation
- Avoid asking someone to dance when they are deep in conversation with another person; look for people who are also scanning the room looking for a partner
- It is typical to dance with a partner 1-2 times before finding a new partner
- Do not attempt to teach your partner new moves or concepts during social dances
- Do not attempt any move that involves lifting (aerials or air steps) during social dancing. Such flash moves are appropriate only in jam circles, competitions, and performances
- Moves that require one partner to hold the other’s weight, or that place your partner in a vulnerable situation (all aerials, also deep dips or lunges) should be discussed in advance
- Be aware of others on the dance floor, and modify your movements to avoid bumping or kicking other couples. If a collision occurs, apologize and check that all are ok before continuing to dance.
In all circumstances:
Bees’ Knees Dance strives to create an inclusive environment for all participants. We do not tolerate harassment in any form at our events, in our classes, or on our media channels. This includes homophobic, racist, misogynist, ableist, transphobic language, unwelcome sexual language, inappropriate touching, and/or inappropriate comments on physical appearance. Bees’ Knees Dance partners and teachers will enforce this code throughout the classes and events that we run. Participants asked to stop any harassing behaviour are expected to comply immediately. If a participant engages in harassing behaviour, the event organizers may take any action they deem appropriate, including expulsion from the event and/or future events.
If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. All correspondence will be treated strictly confidentially.
This Code of Conduct takes inspiration and has adapted sections from several other events’ codes that we admire. Notable thanks to Toronto Lindy Hop (TLH), The International Lindy Hop Championship (ILHC), and Lindy Focus.