Etiquette and Guidelines

  • Go at your own pace
  • Be responsible for your own body (stay aware of injuries and limitations)
  • Keep your eyes open to stay aware of others
  • Challenge yourself. If you usually dance alone, try inviting someone else to your dance. If you prefer dancing with a partner, try going solo. Change your tempo. Break a habit. Imitate someone. Create your own remix of other moves by fellow dancers.
  • It’s not about the music – the soundscape is there to inspire your movements. Love it or hate it, how you respond is up to you. Use everything as nourishment for your dance. 
  • Enjoy yourself! (excessive seriousness may weigh you down)

Please come on time. The beginning of a class or workshop is for you to physically warm up your body which can help you prepare to move, reduce the risk of injury and arrive in the group. On Friday Open Floor the class starts at 9.15am, on Saturday Night Sweat it is 7.30pm.

 Shh…it’s a talk-free space. When we’re dancing we’re practicing listening to our inner voice. When there is chatting, it not only takes us out of our dance but it can be distracting to other dancers, so please turn your talk into a dance, take urgent conversation outside or save it for after the class. 

 No photo, video, text, shazam etc. Please turn your phone off and leave it alone.

 Take your socks off or wear dance shoes. Dance barefoot, in dance shoes, or soft soled shoes. Socks don’t look dangerous but they can cause slipping. 

 Don’t lift people off the ground. Connection, enthusiasm and exertion are welcome and encouraged, but please don’t pick people up or swing them around, it can cause injuries. 

 Be sensitive to the cues of others
Check non-verbally if the connection you are asking for is welcomed:

  • Make eye contact
  • Notice if they are moving towards or away from you

 Take responsibility for communicating your own boundaries
Here are some additional steps if you don’t want to dance with someone.

  • Give a clear messagewith your body. (i.e. turn your back or move away)
  • If non-verbal cues aren’t working, say a simple “no thank you.”

If you have any questions or concerns please do let us know, talk to Sarah or the front door person before or after a class or email Sarah.