Contra Dance Code of Conduct

Contra Dance – Code of Conduct

Be friendly & welcoming, especially to new dancers! Anyone can ask anyone to dance.It’s ok to say “No, thanks.” If someone declines your invitation, move on.Be considerate, respectful & kind!!!Be gentle! Dance with energy/vigor, but not force.COMMUNICATE!!! Be clear, direct, & specific; help each other to improve dance skills. If you need assistance, ask the dance coordinator.

Don’t be pushy; “no” means “no”.Don’t assume everyone has the same preferences for personal space, swinging velocity, extra twirls – ASK!Physical injuries/fragilities aren’t always visible; don’t grab, jerk, pull too hard, push, wrench arms, or squeeze hands/fingers. Apologize quickly for any accidental contact.Don’t assume that friendly dance-floor flirtation extends beyond the dance hall.

ABSOLUTELY NOT ACCEPTABLE: grouping, ogling, roughness, unwanted intimacy, stalking, predatory or intimidating behavior, or discrimination based on race, gender, or age