Safe Space Policy

Swing dancing is a joyful pastime and we share a responsibility for keeping it that way and supporting our fellow dancers. Harassment or bullying won’t be tolerated at any of our events or by anyone (whether you are an international teacher, a DJ or a first time dancer) you agree to treat all participants with care and respect and to abide by our Safe Space Policy. GSX has a zero tolerance policy for bullying of any sort - whether sexual, physical, verbal or emotional. Our Safe Space Policy is not just "for show". We promise to enforce it and swiftly if the need arises.


At GSX we promise:

  • To treat everyone attending our classes equally and with respect, regardless of gender, race, sexual orientation, age, body shape or disability.
  • To eject anyone acting in an unacceptable manner.
  • Not to hire teachers with a history of unacceptable behaviour.
  • To listen to everybody’s concerns and to act appropriately.
  • To treat all messages seriously and in the strictest confidence.
  • To respond to your suggestions.


In return, we would ask people attending our events to please:

  • Consider the impact your behaviour (whether deliberate or accidental) can have on others. Be aware of your fellow dancers’ comfort, and consider what you can do to keep things lovely.
  • Speak up if someone makes you uncomfortable, for whatever reason. One testimony can help prevent others from suffering.
  • Listen seriously if someone tells you something, and act appropriately. If you don’t know what to do, ask someone else. 
  • Pay attention. If you see or hear something that doesn't seem quite right, talk to someone.
  • Don’t let someone’s aura of ‘status’ or ‘seniority’ affect your decision-making. If anyone attending does something inappropriate, speak up.
  • Consider your choice of words and who you are talking to when asking for a dance. Certain terms like “Swing” and  “Shag” lends itself to innuendo which may not be funny to everyone.

 On refusing a dance:

  • In general, refusing a dance without good reason can be hurtful, so be generous with your dances, especially with beginners. However, if someone makes you uncomfortable, you don’t have to dance with them, and you don’t have to give a reason why. A simple 'No thank you' should suffice. 
  • If you're in class and you don't want to dance with someone in rotation, this is a sign that the issue should be confronted ASAP. Step out of rotation, and let us know your feelings in a break.
  • If someone says ‘no’ to you, respect that decision and consider what you can do to make them feel more at ease. For example, some people prefer not to dance up close and personal – this is an acceptable choice, so find a distance which is comfortable for both of you, or stop dancing.

This has been adapted and used (with permission) from Shag Pile London.