Sugar Step
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Code Of Conduct

Guidelines for Happier Social Partner Dancing

At Sugar Step classes and events we always do our best to create a friendly, welcoming environment, but we need your help. There cannot be 'social' partner dancing unless we all broadly agree on what 'social' means.

This list of guidelines has been prepared to help us all enjoy our social dancing. It may sound like 'common sense', but as we all know 'common sense' isn't always that common, and in our experience friendly groups of people are often targetted by manipulators, takers and complete ass-holes.... so our apologies if you feel this should go without saying, but we think it's better to be open and transparent to make our social dance classes and events friendly, welcoming and erm.... social.

By attending any Sugar Step event you agree with the following "Guidelines for Happier Social Partner Dancing" and have read and accepted our "terms and conditions".

Respect

I will respect the diversity of people, values and lifestyles that help to create a vibrant dance community. As a social dancer, I will respect everyone at the event, regardless of their age, race, religion, nationality, creed, sex, gender expression, sexual orientation, weight, ability, dance skill, politics, lifestyle, and personal boundaries.
If I cannot do this, I should consider taking up another hobby.

Social Dancers are 'Givers' and Like to Make Friends

Please be welcoming! If people have the courage to come on their own, please welcome and include them into the social vibe.

You might come dancing to be with your core group of dance friends, and that's totally cool! But please do your best to dance with and be kind and welcoming to everyone. Snobbery, cliques, and social exclusion are toxic to our social dance community.

NEVER Criticise, Critique or Blame, but Adapt and Change

I will always try to get the most out of every dancer by encouraging and spreading happy vibes. I will NEVER critique another's dancing unless:

If my partner is causing me some kind of physical discomfort, I will tell them as gently and respectfully as possible so as not to hurt their feelings.

If my partner is causing me some kind of psychological discomfort, I will assess the situation like a grown up and decide if this is just a personality clash and carefully manage all interaction with that person in the future. But if I really feel that there will be a general problem for the group if I let this behaviour continue I will respectfully discuss the issue with the person discreetly and offer a positive solution. If the advice is not taken well I will inform the club management as soon as possible for them to deal with it.

If a dance partner mentions that I am causing them discomfort, I will not be offended or defensive but will thank the person and immediately discuss their feedback with the club's teacher. Remember all Sugar Step teachers are promoting a syllabus that has been approved by independent health specialists, so you can trust their feedback.

I will strictly respect the physical and personal boundaries of my fellow dancers on and off the dance floor.

As a social partner dancer I realise that it's my responsibility during any dance is to make sure that my partner and those around me are safe and comfortable. I will do my best to make sure that my dancing does not cause anyone else any injury or discomfort.

I will be careful wearing heels or jewellery. Stiletto heels and large stones in rings should be avoided when social dancing.

Ettiquette and Hygiene

We all ask each other to dance regardless of gender or traditional roles and we generally accept a dance when asked or we are gentle with our refusal.

Apologise for accidental physical contact. Dance is a contact sport and sometimes parts of the body can get brushed or touched accidentally. This can be equally embarassing for both parties, so make your apologies and dance on. In the event that accidental contact turns out to be non-accidental, please report it to the event organiser.

As a considerate social dancer, I will practise good hygiene, which will include starting my dance session fresh and clean, wearing fresh clothes and fresh breath.

I will make every effort to stay fresh for the entirety of every dance session by using breath mints, towelling off, changing tops and applying deodorant and/or anti-perspirant regularly.

No Soliciting Without Approval

There are certain boundaries that need to be set for our business and to create a sense of fairness among our dancers.

This applies to soliciting political or religious agendas, social movements, other dance groups and events, petitions, lobbying, sponsorships etc.

Please talk to the club, we love to help and support good causes so we should be able to quickly and easily approve most things within reason.

Helping Beginners

We all like to help and welcome new dancers, but be careful how you do this.

Be friendly and encouraging but DO NOT freak out new dancers by being too attentive as your help could be misconstrued. Offer positive comments during classes and during freestyle/practice time, adapt your dancing to encourage and help new dancers find their confidence to keep learning.

NEVER CRITICISE and avoid coaching - that's what the teachers are there for.

Finally

This policy cannot and does not outline every type of acceptable or unacceptable behavior or resulting consequences. In the end, I will use common sense, treat others the way I would like to be treated, and accept any consequences of my actions.