Happy Pride, Edmonton! We're kicking up our heels and kicking Pride Week off in style with Edmonton's first ever Queer Swing Dance Party! This event is open to members of the LGBTQ2S+ Community and our allies! You are encouraged to dress in your best rainbow attire and bring your friends to our Pride Week Kick-Off Swing Dance! Everyone is welcome, and you don't need a partner to participate! Hang out with old friends or drop in to meet some fun new people!
This is an independent event, as this dance and its organizer are not affiliated with any of the Swing Dance organizations currently operating in Edmonton.
Venue: The Aviary
Doors: 7:00 PM
Beginner Lesson: 7:15 — 8:00 PM
Dance: 8:00 — 11:00 PM
D...ancing and Drinks: 7:00 PM until ~11:00 PM
Cost (with all proceeds to be donated to the Pride Centre of Edmonton):
$10 Advance — Purchase Tickets Here: yeglive.ca/events/dancing-with-pride/jun-6-2018/aviary
$15 @ the door
A free beginner dance lesson is included in the price of admission!
This lesson is geared toward those who have never social danced before! We'll teach you all you need to know to dance the night away in (vintage) style!
Comfortable shoes/clothes recommended!
Want To Get Involved?
As this is an independent event, volunteers are always appreciated! If you're interested in getting involved and helping out, please send Kate a message!
Code of Conduct:
By attending this event, you agree to adhere to the behavioural expectations outlined below. This event is intended to be an inclusive celebration of all healthy forms of queerness and queer expression. Please reach out to the event organizer if you experience or witness harassment, abuse, assault, consent violation, or any other kind of harmful behavior. If such incidents occur, the organizer will take action to intervene in any manner she deems appropriate. This may include removing patrons from the event who do not act in accordance to these rules. Disrespect, harassment, aggression, violence, and violations of consent will not be tolerated in this space. Lindy Hop is a joyful dance, and all those who participate should be able to do so in a welcoming and comfortable environment.
Every attendee of this event is expected to adhere to the following guidelines:
— Respect others. Be aware that all of us have varying degrees of abilities/disabilities and dance experience. Understand that everyone comes from different life experiences, and that these differences colour our worldviews and influence our behaviour.
— Be conscious of the boundaries (physical, emotional, mental, etc.) of others. Be aware of others’ body language and personal space. Recognize that these boundaries are different for each individual.
— Touch is an essential part of social dancing and ONLY consensual touch should be practiced. If someone is uncomfortable with a type of movement or connection, do not continue to perform it with that person.
— Continuous consent is mandatory. Do not perform moves that violate the consent of the person with whom you are dancing (e.g., do not dip someone who does not want to be dipped).
— Know that “No” is a perfectly acceptable answer. There are many reasons why someone may decline a dance. You are allowed to decline a dance for any reason and are not required to provide an explanation for your decision. If someone declines your dance invitation, accept the “no” as your answer immediately. Do not attempt to change the mind of the person who said it or try to make them feel bad for rejecting your invitation.
-Understand the impacts of your actions. Be accountable for what you say and do.
-Respect the dance. Acknowledge its history and origins. Lindy Hop is a Black American dance born out of the Savoy Ballroom in Harlem in the late 1920s and 1930s. Although many people who currently dance this style are White, Lindy Hop was not created by White people. You can read more about the origins of this dance style here: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lindy_Hop
— Respect the space. We are guests in this venue and it should look exactly the same when we leave it as it did when we first entered. Furthermore, wish to acknowledge that the land on which we gather is Treaty 6 territory and a traditional meeting ground for many Indigenous peoples. thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/treaty-6/
If you see something, say something. Let the organizer or a trusted advocate know if you witness behaviour that makes you feel uncomfortable or concerned for the safety of someone else. If you are comfortable doing so, check in on anyone who looks like they may need support.
The organizer reserves the right to remove any individual from the dance without re-entry to maintain the safety and comfort of those participating in the event.
Questions? Post on the event page or send Kate a message!