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Code of Conduct

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Hanoi Lindy Hop is here to support you if you are injured, feel threatened, uncomfortable or unsafe, or wish to make us aware of inappropriate behavior at our event. Please don’t hesitate to contact us via any of the following channels:

Your safety at our event is of the utmost importancee to us; we want to hear from you!

If someone approaches you with concerns about something they’ve experienced or observed at our events, please encourage them to contact us so that we can address the problem. Hanoi Lindy Hop will stand by and support you to the best of our abilities.

Mission Statement

Swing dancing Hanoi is passionate about sharing the the vibrant culture and rich history of Swing dancing in Hanoi and around the world. We hold dear the tradition of authentic jazz, the connection between the music and social dance, and the unique creative expression these art forms make possible. Our events are hosted with the goal of every attendee having a blast! Our Code of Conduct exists to support that goal, and to inform our attendees of the procedures we have in place to help ensure a safe environment for them.

Code of Conduct

We are committed to hosting safe events for our attendees, staff, and performers. “Safe spaces” has become something of a buzzword in both the Swing dance community as well as the general population of late, so we want to be clear about what we mean by a safe space. It’s simple: everyone at our events deserves to feel not only safe, but protected. Behavior contrary to this outcome will be treated as a matter of priority and addressed according to procedures outlined below.

Just as everyone deserves to feel safe and respected, so must everyone take responsibility for making others feel safe and respected. To that end, here are some suggestions from us to help you do your part to create a safe space:

Use respectful language: This means not using racist, homophobic, sexist, ableist or transphobic language, sexualised, rude or violent language, or language designed to make another person feel uncomfortable or inferior.

Be respectful of personal space: Do not touch someone else without asking first. Do not touch anyone inappropriately.

Stop touching someone if they ask or tell you to stop.

Only closely embrace someone with their consent.

Attempt aerials RESPONSIBLY:  In Hanoi dance floors are rather small and crowded. A majority of these dance venues have hard floors. The risk of injury to you, your partner and other dancers around you is high. The responsible approach to carrying out aerials in Hanoi is to not do them on the social dance floor.  On the social floor, stick to tricks that can be socially lead and followed, with familiar partners. At HASO we kindly request you to do your utmost to refrain from doing aerials unless it is a performance/routine. In a performance or competition ensure you have the consent to perform an aerial with every partner, every time.

Attempt tricks RESPONSIBLY. On the social floor, be sure to ask permission before leading or following any tricks, including lifts (see aerials above), drops and dips. Just as you’re able to change a pattern to avoid hitting someone nearby, we would expect you to do adapt your trick for the ever-changing dynamics of the social dance floor. If you cannot, don’t lead or follow it.

Be proactive about keeping your dance partner comfortable: Watch for body language cues or check in verbally with your partner.

It is your right to refuse any dance, for any reason at any time.

It is your right to stop dancing with someone at any point for any reason.

Know your limits: Inebriation inevitably leads to complications and concerns of safety of  the inebriated individual as well as others around such an individual. As such we request you to stay within your limit. If in doubt of your limit just don't take the next drink or listen to your friends. Bar staff at our venue will stop servicing alcoholic drinks to you if they feel you have reached that limit.

Refrain from using recreational drugs: Use of recreational drugs is a definite no and is a serious crime that has fallen under the close scrutiny of the Vietnamese officials and closure of many events. As such organizers of HASO will take strict action against any activities that may be perceived as use of recreational drugs.

There are many additional ways to help create a safe space, and we encourage you to consider the above to be the bare minimum! Hanoi Lindy Hop strongly supports anyone who feels violated or victimized at any of our events. We are looking out for our attendees. Especially in cases of sexual harassment or assault, our policy is to believe and support the person who felt targeted but also take an objective view of both sides of the story. Keep your own behavior above reproach, and always be explicit about asking for or giving consent.

Procedures for Violation of Code of Conduct

When an individual is accused of violating this code, Hanoi Lindy Hop may take any or all of the following steps:

  • Privately discuss the report with the individual concerned, and request that the behavior be stopped immediately.

  • Ask the individual to leave an event. (No reimbursement will be paid to those asked to leave for a conduct violation.)

  • Refuse an individual the opportunity to attend future events.

  • If applicable, legal action.

When an individual reports a violation, Hanoi Lindy Hop may take any or all of the following steps:

  • Request a private conversation with the reporting/reported individual

  • Inquire about specific details of the incident(s)

  • Share details about the reported event with necessary Hanoi Lindy Hop/HASO staff, and, if necessary, law enforcement

  • Inquire about what outcome the reporting individual desires

  • Follow up with the reporting individual periodically

Our top priority following a report will be to restore the safety of our event attendees.

Hanoi Lindy Hop practices voluntary reciprocity with other events, scenes, and organizations. Actions taken against dancers for violations of similar codes of conduct will be considered for reciprocation here at Hanoi Lindy Hop.

Health and Safety

We would like to extend our utmost support to all attendees to ensure they remain healthy during the event.

As beautiful as Hanoi is during Autumn, there may be days where the Air Quality Index is at unfavorable levels. Thus, the organizers reserve the right to relocate any of the outdoor venues.

In the unlikely event that a medical emergency should occur attendees will be taken to the nearest medical facility

- Family Medical Practice (Ba Dinh)

- Raffles Medical Clinic (Tay Ho)

Treatment costs are to be borne by the attendee, thus travel insurance is advisable.