Code of Conduct


Guests asked to stop any harassing behaviour are expected to comply immediately. Guests violating the following rules may be sanctioned or expelled from Vancity Hot Jazz Society events without a refund at the discretion of management.

  • Do not engage in harassment of any form. Harassment includes offensive verbal comments related to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, age, body size, race, or religion, as well as misogynist, homophobic, transphobic, ableist, sizeist, ageist, or racist language. Harassment also includes deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention.

  • Apologize for accidental unwanted physical contact. Accidental contact includes dance floor collisions, kicks, and stepping on feet, as well as accidentally touching another person’s private parts.

  • Accept when someone says ‘no’ to a dance. Every dancer has a right to ask anyone else to dance, and also the right to decline any dance.

  • Do not offer unsolicited advice to your fellow dancers. There is a time and a place for giving advice, and that time is not on the social dance floor. Even in classes, be sure to ask first before providing feedback.

  • Be considerate and respectful to the Vancity Hot Jazz Society staff and volunteers. Follow the directions of the staff and volunteers, as well as those from venue staff. If you believe a Vancity Hot Jazz Society volunteer or board member is violating these rules, please bring this matter to the attention of another board member. We promise to address all allegations, including those brought forth against our members.

  • Respect the venue and Vancity Hot Jazz Society property. Misuse of anything the Vancity Hot Jazz Society owns/rents/leases will not be tolerated.

  • No soliciting without approvals. In general, we allow flyers for other swing dance events to be displayed at Vancity Hot Jazz Society; however, you must get approval from the board first.

  • Report any misconduct to a Vancity Hot Jazz Society board member or volunteer. If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact a member of event staff immediately. Depending on the situation, you may be asked to file an incident report, which will aid the Vancity Hot Jazz Society in taking any necessary action with the offender and to prevent any future misconduct.