Code of Conduct & Safe Space Policy

The New Orleans Swing Dance Festival is dedicated to providing a safe space and harassment-free event experience for everyone, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, or religion. We do not tolerate harassment of event attendees, artists, volunteers, or employees in any form. Any person violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the event without a refund at the discretion of the event organizers.

Harassment includes offensive verbal comments related to gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, religion, offensive images in public spaces, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of dances, classes or other events, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention. Attendees asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.

Instructors, performers, musicians, and New Orleans Swing Dance Festival staff both paid and volunteer are also subject to the anti-harassment policy. In particular, sexualized images, activities, or other material should not be used or exhibited.

We expect all attendees, artists, volunteers, and employess to adhere to this code of conduct at all event venues and event-related social events.

If a participant engages in harassing behavior, the event organizers may take any action they deem appropriate, including warning the offender or expulsion from the event without refund.

If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact a New Orleans Swing Dance Festival staff member immediately.

New Orleans Swing Dance Festival staff are identifiable by distinct staff badges. Staff will be happy to help attendees contact hotel/venue security or local law enforcement, provide escorts, or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to feel safe for the duration of the event. We value your attendance.

More information on how to report harassing behavior will be provided on this site closer to the event and will be posted in our program.

Feel free to contact us at any time with questions or concerns.