COOKEVILLE SWING AND BLUES LIABILITY WAIVER & SAFE SPACES POLICY
Particpants will sign in each week. We will have printed hard copies of these documents available at the admissions desk for anyone who would like a copy. By signing in, particpants acknowledge that they have been given the opportunity to fully read and be provided with a copy of the terms of Cookeville Swing and Blues’ liability and release waivers as well as policies and etiquette. Particpants will abide by the policies, procedures, and expectations set forth by Cookeville Swing and Blues regarding classes, private lessons, workshops, events and other activities.
Liability Waiver / Release : I realize that participation in dance activities could involve some possible personal injury. Despite precautions, accidents and injuries can occur. By signing this release waiver, I assume all risks related to the use of any and all spaces used by Cookeville Swing and Blues (hereafter CSB), including The Centre School of Dance. I will not hold CSB, its teachers, volunteers, staff, independent contractors, or The Centre School of Dance facility or personnel liable for any personal injury, personal property damage, or personal property theft, which may occur on the premises used during the classes, dances, or any related activity, and acknowledge that I am solely responsible for my own property. I agree to release and hold harmless CSB, its teachers, volunteers, staff, independent contractors, as well as facilities used by CSB, specifically The Centre School of Dance, from any cause of action, claims, or demands of any nature whatsoever, now and in the future.
Photo/Video Waiver / Release : Cookeville Swing and Blues (CSB) may take photographic images and video footage during practice sessions, classes, social dances, and all related events, and reserves the right to use these photographic images and video footage as it sees fit for marketing, branding, and informational purposes without compensating the individuals in the photographs/video footage in any way. By signing this release waiver, I give CSB my permission to use any photographic images and video footage containing my person in the above mentioned manner(s), at the discretion of CSB. I furthermore release CSB from any injury, real or perceived, from the use of said photographic images and video footage.
Policies: It is the goal of Cookeville Swing and Blues (CSB) to provide everyone with a safe, comfortable, and inclusive space in which to learn and express themselves. We expect all participants to follow the policies and etiquette and to be respectful to all persons involved and attending events. CSB does not condone discrimination or harassment for any reason and reserves the right to take action as they deem appropriate. This could include warning, expulsion from an event with no refund, or banning of a particular offender. The full and detailed version of our Policies for Safe Spaces can be found at the admissions table in hard copy and just below this line here on the website:
Statement of Intent Updated: Jan 2017 It is the goal of CSB to provide everyone with a safe, comfortable, and inclusive space in which to learn and express themselves. We expect all participants to follow these policies as both guests and hosts with any housing arrangements as well as during dance events.
When asking someone to dance, be respectful and do not assume that they will or should say “yes”. It is perfectly acceptable to decline a dance or end one early without an explanation.
Be mindful that many people may choose either role of partner dancing regardless of gender, and some will dance both roles of lead and follow. When asking someone to dance try not to assume which role they would prefer.
If a collision happens, take a moment to apologize and make sure all involved are okay.
Please refrain from giving unsolicited advice on the social floor. However, if a partner is yanking, jerking, or otherwise causing pain or harm you are well within your rights to let them know.
To ensure the safety of all dancers, we ask that no one performs aerials on the social dance floor. Aerials are moves when one or both partners’ feet are in the air above knee level. Exceptions to this are jam circles and performances. It is recommended that moves like these are thoroughly practiced in controlled conditions.
Always ask for permission and consent. Enthusiastic consent, especially for closed position or close embrace, is very important for the enjoyment of a dance.
To ensure all participants are able to receive the same educational experience, please refrain from disruptive discussions, activities, or movements during lessons.
Be respectful and mindful in helping us take care of of the facilities we use. Please clean up after yourself. We hope to leave spaces better than how we found them. Keeping our venue owners happy means longer and better relationships with them.
Anti-discrimination Policy CSB does not condone discrimination based on race, age, gender identity, presentation, or expression, physical appearance, size, sexual orientation, ability, and/or religion.
Anti-Harassment Policy CSB does not condone harassment, which includes offensive or vulgar verbal comments, sexual images in public spaces, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of lessons or events, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention. Harassment is not always intentional, but if you are asked to examine your actions or stop a specific behavior, it is expected to occur immediately. If you are a victim of harassment, notice someone being harassed, or have any other concerns, please speak to one of the Safe Space Ambassadors present at every CSB hosted dance event, or contact CSB through email.
Violation of Policy, Removal, and Reinstatement Organizers may take action as they deem appropriate, from a warning to expulsion from an event with no refund, or even to ban of a particular offender. Violations will be documented. For reinstatement, a banned member must discuss how they will be held accountable before a panel of their peers. This does not guarantee reinstatement.
Training Safe Space Ambassadors will have a thorough knowledge of the Safe Spaces Policy, and go through exercises to defuse and handle problematic situations. Ambassadors will be identified by a yellow and black-colored button with the word SAFE.