Etiquette

Community Standards

At Riverside Hop, we are committed to creating a space where all are welcome and feel safe. By attending our events, you agree to abide by the following standards. Failure to adhere to these policies will result in being asked to leave, and depending on the circumstances, to not return.

We have zero tolerance for harassment. Everyone is welcome here regardless of race, gender, age, sexual orientation, disability, religion, physical appearance, chosen dance role, or any other quality. Discriminatory language or behavior of any kind will not be tolerated. Harassment of any kind will not be tolerated. Harassment includes offensive verbal comments, sexual images in public spaces, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of lessons or other events, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention. If someone asks you to stop doing something because it makes them feel uncomfortable or hurts them, comply immediately; be aware that harassment may not always be done intentionally.

If you have been harassed or notice someone being harassed, please notify a staff member immediately. You may also report through our online contact form. Your concerns will always be kept strictly confidential, unless someone is deemed to be in immediate danger. We take this very seriously. Speaking up about an inappropriate situation can prevent it from happening again and we deeply appreciate your help in maintaining a safer space for everyone.

Social Dance Etiquette

Swing dance can be a great social activity - here are some etiquette guidelines to keep social dancing safe, enjoyable, and respectful

  • If you would like to dance with someone, it just takes a few words to ask! Always ask a potential partner to dance before connecting with them. Anyone of any role is encouraged to ask for a dance. Also, saying no to a dance is acceptable for any reason, no explanation necessary.
  • Please do not provide feedback to other dancers on the social dance floor. Social dancing is a time for fun and relaxation, not unwelcome criticism. The only exception is when someone is hurting you - please bring these situations up to your partner and, if necessary, a staff member.
  • If a dance floor is crowded, favor moves that are smaller and more controlled. Watch out for your partner and try to avoid collisions with other dancers. Acknowledge when you have collided with someone and ensure people are uninjured before carrying on with your dance.