Code of Conduct

Our Team and Contact

If you are being harassed, notice that someone is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact us immediately. We will treat these issues with the strictest confidence.

You can call or text our Safer Spaces phone line at: (215) 995-5057

You may also email phlexsafespace@gmail.com 

 

Overview

At the Philadelphia Lindy Exchange (PHLeX), we challenge you to learn new things, meet new people, be inspired, and enjoy a true American artform. Therefore, we are dedicated to providing a safe and comfortable experience for everyone – and as such, we have some expectations of you, as well as our instructors, staff, and volunteers.

We expect all participants to follow these rules at all venues throughout the weekend. Organizers will enforce this code throughout the event. We are expecting cooperation from all participants to help ensure a safe environment for everybody.

Our Policies

  • PHLeX is a family-friendly dance event. Sexual language and/or imagery is not appropriate at any part of PHLeX either at the event or online – including dances, workshops, competitions, Facebook, etc.
  • PHLeX is for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity, race, age, sexual orientation, ability, physical appearance, body size, religion, dance level, and so on.
  • We are not a singles group or a pick-up joint. PHLeX is for people that enjoy our wonderful swing dance hobby. You will meet people, but they are fellow swing dancers, not a pool of people to hit on.
  • Other people are not obligated to do things you may want. This includes not dancing or not doing a specific move while dancing, as well as non-dance related activities. When in doubt, ask. If someone tells you to stop, stop.
  • We will not tolerate harassment of any kind.
  • To be clear, harassment includes offensive verbal comments (including those related to gender, gender identity, race, age, sexual orientation, ability, physical appearance, body size, religion, or dance level), use of sexual images or behavior in public spaces, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, photographing or recording someone without their permission, sustained disruption of workshops or other events, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention. Advocating for or encouraging any unacceptable behavior will also be considered harassment. Harassment of ANY kind will not be tolerated at any event venue, including dances, workshops, competitions, Twitter, Facebook, and other online avenues or social media.
  • If a participant engages in harassing behavior, the event organizers may take any action they deem appropriate, including warning the offender or expulsion from the event with no refund, or ban from future events. It is at our discretion. So don’t do it. ​
  • Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.
  • Event staff will be happy to help participants contact Sarah Hanson, the organizers, or local law enforcement, provide escorts, or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to feel safe for the duration of the event. We value your attendance and your safety.

On Being a Good Dance Attendee

  • You’ll be dancing with many other people. You may want to chew gum or bring breath mints, wear deodorant and/or cologne, or bring a change (or multiple changes!) of clothes.
  • Wash your hands frequently! Germs spread fast.
  • Please 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
  • Never do aerials on a social dance floor.
  • It is OK (and encouraged!) to express if someone is harming you on the dance floor. Outside of this, please do not offer unsolicited advice to fellow dancers on the social dance floor.
  • Please be respectful to both event staff and venue staff, even if you are experiencing a personal frustration. Without the goodwill of these individuals, a smoothly functioning event is impossible.
  • Finally, be aware of your own boundaries and physical needs. Do not neglect your health, do remember to sleep, do wash your hands frequently.

*These policies were adapted from the Lindy Focus and SwingOut New Hampshire Code of Conduct*

Contact

If you are being harassed, notice that someone is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact us immediately. We will treat these issues with the strictest confidence.

You can call or text our Safer Spaces confidential phone line at: (215) 995-5057

You may also email phlexsafespace@gmail.com 

 

Our Safer Spaces contact is Sarah Hanson. She’s always happy to help!