What is ableism?

Ableism is a form of discrimination or social prejudice against people with disabilities. We should strive to create events that are as inclusive and accessible as possible. For example, we can provide physical accessibility by including chairs for people to sit and physically-accessible entrances and washrooms. We also want our language and culture to be inclusive, which could mean refraining from using words like “lame”, which is a reference to people with physical handicaps but used an insult; not assuming that someone with a physical disability can’t dance; and checking in with partners about any needs before a dance.

What is body-negativity?

Body-negativity is a form of discrimination or social prejudice against people with differently shaped and sized bodies, such as thin or fat people. We should strive for a dance culture that is as inclusive of all body types as possible. For example, instructors could teach variations on moves that allow us to provide necessary accommodations and enjoy dances with everyone.

Why do you have a Code of Conduct and a Grievance Policy?

Our community is very respectful and welcoming, so while these documents may not seem necessary, we feel stating a Code of Conduct gives us all a nice reminder of some acceptable behaviors and expectations for all attendees. It also gives us a standard by which we can assist you with any complaints that may arise.

The Grievance Policy sets forth how Swing Dance Winnipeg will deal with problems of varying degrees. It is important to state this clearly so that if an attendee does have a negative experience, they know what to expect and how Swing Dance Winnipeg will help. It also allows for a more uniform approach so that all event organizers react in a similar manner.