Code of Conduct

The Edinburgh Lindy Exchange is dedicated to providing a safe and enjoyable, social dance experience for everyone regardless of dance ability, dance background, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age, religion or any other characteristic or trait. We do not tolerate harassment in any form. Individuals violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the venue at the discretion of the event organisers.

Over the weekend event organisers can be identified by their silver wristbands. This year we also have our Cares Team. These volunteers, coordinated by Melody McIndoe are independent from the ELX organising team. The Cares Team can be identified by the orange badges. If you have any questions or issues over the weekend, feel free to approach either the ELX team or the Cares Team as you prefer. No issue is too big or too small. If you want someone to listen or help, a quiet space will be found and anything you discuss with us will be treated confidentially, in a friendly and non-judgemental way. If something doesn’t feel right, please let the Care Team know. They will take your wishes into account when deciding how to act. Our aim is to ensure that everyone at ELX has a great and safe experience.

While there is always some risk associated with any physical activity, we are committed to preventing injuries before they happen. Unsafe dancing is any movement that puts anyone at an increased risk of physical injury. This includes, but is not limited to, yanking or jerking your partner around or unnecessarily forceful movement when leading or following (risk of shoulder, arm, and upper back injuries), bending over your partner during a dip when leading (risk of lower back injuries), sudden weight sharing when following (don’t dip yourself), any lift where both of your partner’s feet go above your knees, or any dip where your partner’s head goes below knee level. If you are unsure if a move is a safe move, then it is best to refrain from using it.

Please be respectful of your dance partner’s comfort level. Different partners have different personal boundaries regarding close embrace connection and non-traditional connection points. If you’re not sure of your partner’s comfort level, ask them! Likewise, ask for consent before attempting moves that compromise your partner’s balance. This may include but is not limited to lifts and/or dips. If your partner has expressed discomfort with certain moves or connection types please refrain from leading or using them as repeated requests or pressure to dance in that style may be considered harassment.

We encourage everyone to be open and inclusive in dancing with other members of the community. However, you have the right to decline a dance at any time, and have your decision respected. If someone consistently applies pressure on you to dance when you have declined, please contact the event organiser, as this may be considered harassment.

The Edinburgh Lindy Exchange Community supports the idea that dance roles (lead and follow) are not tied to gender. We encourage all dancers to dance their preferred role. We encourage all dancers to avoid assumptions regarding dance roles and to check in with their partners about their preferred role.

If a participant engages in unsafe or harassing behaviour, the event organiser may take any action they deem appropriate, including warning the offender or expulsion from the event with no refund.

Harassment includes verbal comments that reinforce social structures of domination related to any of the above listed characteristics or traits, deliberate intimidation, sustained disruption of events, stalking, following, unwelcome or inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention. When asked to stop any harassing behaviour participants are expected to comply immediately.

If you believe you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact one of the event organisers immediately. Your concerns will be kept confidential. Over the weekend event organisers can be identified by their silver wristbands and our Cares Team by their orange badges. Either will be happy to help participants resolve the situation, walk you to your car, if needed, or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to feel safe for the duration of the event.

If you have concerns about your host or hostee you should contact us via the email: hosting@edinburghlindyexchange.co.uk prior to the event. Once the event has started please contact our safespace@edinburghlindyexchange.co.uk or one of the organisers or our Cares Team directly.

We appreciate your assistance in keeping our events and venues safe and welcoming for everyone.

Any violations of this Code of Conduct can be reported in person to an Edinburgh Lindy Exchange organiser, those with their silver wrist bands, the Cares team with the orange badges, or by emailing us at: info@edinburghlindyexchange.co.uk Anonymous reports will be accepted.

A thank you to our Cares Team volunteers, led by Melody McIndoe who you can contact in person, look for the orange ELX Cares badges, and look for them on our facebook site or email them on via safespace@edinburghlindyexchange.co.uk.

The Edinburgh Lindy Exchange Committee

This code of conduct has been adapted from the code of conduct of Sundown Blues, with permission: The SDBS Code of Conduct is licensed under a Creative Commons public domain license, so you’re welcome to use it in anyway you see fit. Our CoC is based on the generic conference anti-harassment policy on the Geek Feminist Wiki. If you want to give credit, give credit to SDBS and the Geek Feminist Wiki.”