Dancing is a social activity in which you hang out and come in contact with other people. It is always important to pay attention to your personal hygiene and how you treat the people around you, so everyone can have a nice time together.
In Blues Dance Rotterdam we teach both leading and following to everyone. We believe that dance roles are unrelated to genders, and that everyone should have the chance to find out what they enjoy the most by experiencing both. We encourage all dancers to choose the role that pleases them most!
To have clear communication when asking someone to dance, its good to state the role in which you would like to dance, or if you don’t have a preference you can ask which roll your partner would prefer.
Some examples of how to ask someone for a dance are:
“Hey, Would you mind leading in this dance?”
“Hello, would you like to dance the next song? Would you prefer to lead or follow?”
While dancing you are inviting people into your personal space and entering other people’s personal space. Be aware of it and treat your dance partners with respect.
Be aware of your own body. If you know that you tend to sweat a lot, a change of shirt and a deodorant can make dancing more comfortable for everyone. If you have eaten strongly flavoured food, a mint will be your friend.
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 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), or any lift where both of your partner’s feet go above your knees. You may be asked to stop your dance if your movement endangers you, your partner, or any other dancers on the social floor. If you are unsure what constitutes unsafe dancing, please ask the organiser or any instructor.
If you are being made to feel uncomfortable/uneasy, if you are being harassed or notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact any of organisers or teachers straight away. They will always be available if you wish to speak to them about any situation. If you feel uncomfortable in any situation feel free to excuse yourself.
We have a zero tolerance policy on harassment be it racist, sexist, homophobic or transphobic abuse.
If the code of conduct is breached we reserve the right to remove the participant from the present and future class, course or event.