LEGAL POLICIES

CANCELLATION POLICY - NO RISK REGISTRATION!

Due to the uncertainty of COVID, all cancellations will receive a full refund (minus PayPal fees if paid via credit card)  or credit up until 48 hours before the event. If any attendee has COVID symptoms or exposure before the event, they will be offered a full refund (minus PayPal fees) or full credit with their cancellation. Please email us at campjitterbug@gmail.com with "Camp Jitterbug Cancellation" in the subject line to request a refund or credit. If we do not receive an email before the day of the event and you do not show up, a refund or credit will not be provided. Our goal is your safety and we want everyone to feel encouraged to make the right health choice without any financial concern about refunds.

PHOTO & VIDEO RELEASE

Many photos and videos are taken during Camp Jitterbug 2022.  Photos and/or Videos taken by Camp Jitterbug may be used for promotional/business related purposes without compensation.

COVID SAFETY POLICY

There is an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 in any public space where people are present. By redeeming tickets and attending Camp Jitterbug, you agree that entry is at your own risk and you voluntarily and expressly assume all risks associated with entry. Camp Jitterbug has put in place policies and preventative measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19, but cannot guarantee that exposure to or infection with COVID-19 will not occur while at the event.

**This code of conduct is subject to change as the pandemic continues to evolve. Please check back periodically before attending to make sure you have the latest information. Camp Jitterbug does not claim to be risk free. There are inherent risks of catching COVID 19 and other illnesses when attending events. You must assess your own risk tolerance and if you decide to register, you will agree to not hold Camp Jitterbug or any of its staff liable for contracting any illness.

 

-Only people who are "up to date" vaccinated against Covid-19 including boosters and wait at least the minimum ten days but not more than five months after your booster shot (or as soon as a booster is made available after the 5 month timeline) may attend our events. For those who are "up to date" with the vaccinations that are available, but beyond the 5 month timeline, you are still welcome to attend.

 

-Please bring proof of vaccination status and photo ID (drivers license, tribal ID, etc. are all accepted). These are necessary in order to attend. We accept original copies, photos as well as phone apps such as Clear Pass, etc.

 

-Masks must be worn at all times inside the venues. We require a minimum of surgical masks (no cloth masks at this time).

 

-If you are traveling on an airplane or public transportation to get to Camp Jitterbug, we ask that you wear a mask while traveling.

 

-Please be extra cautious the week leading up to Camp Jitterbug and we highly recommend testing before arriving at event to keep your fellow attendees safe. 

 

-If you are feeling ill, have been exposed, or think you might be getting sick in any capacity please do not attend our events. Please refer to our illness guide/protocols document.

    

  • A full refund (minus PayPal fees if paid via credit card) or full credit will be available for anyone who chooses to stay home as a result of illness. 

 

  • Applicable symptoms also include cough, sore throat, diarrhea, fever, cough, runny nose, body aches, vomiting, etc. These are not exclusively applicable to Covid-19, if you are experiencing ANY illness, or think you are becoming ill, refrain from attending our events. 

 

-If you have been exposed to someone experiencing Covid-19 symptoms or have come into contact with someone diagnosed with Covid-19 in the last 10 days, please do not attend our event. 

-If you test positive for COVID-19 prior to attending Camp Jitterbug, you must have a minimum of 10 days pass along with no symptoms and a negative COVID test before attending.

 

-Please wash your hands with soap and water upon arriving at our dances, and please wash your hands after using the restroom, sneezing, or coughing, unless your sneeze or cough is protected by your mask.  

 

-If you become ill during the event, please contact us and we encourage you to get tested. We will refund or credit the prorated amount left during the event from the time you become ill. Our local free testing sites are:  https://kingcounty.gov/depts/health/covid-19/testing.aspx 

 

-Please be prepared to provide contact details at sign-in in case of contact tracing efforts. 

 

-If you test positive for Covid-19 after attending one of our events, please let us know so that we can adequately inform everyone else who attended that event. We will keep your report anonymous.  

 

-Please refer to the CDC’s guidelines if you have any questions about other aspects of Covid safety and for more information about the changing guidelines as we celebrate our return to dancing:
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/fully-vaccinated-guidance.html

We aim to make this event as welcoming, relieving, and as safe as possible. This event will be fully vaxxed/boosted and masked. This pandemic is still evolving and we will be continuously monitoring the official CDC guidance. As a result, our policies may change and adapt to match the up to date guidance. 

CODE OF CONDUCT

This code of conduct applies to all attendees, staff, instructors, venue managers, vendors, and volunteers of Camp Jitterbug and is in effect for the entire duration of your association with this event. We appreciate your participation in creating a safer and welcoming environment for everyone.

 

A message from you CJ Safer Space Advocates

If you need to reach us, please email CampJitterbugSafety@gmail.com
or call us (can be anonymous) at  206-855-6280


The short version

Welcome to Camp Jitterbug: our celebration of the beautiful, Black, American tradition of Lindy Hop and Vernacular Jazz Dance.  Please be respectful of other people and be mindful of their feelings and personal space. This space and its Safer Spaces Advocates prioritize safety, equity, respect, and well being.  If behaviour we deem unsafe, inappropriate, disrespectful is observed or brought to our attention, Safer Spaces Advocates will respond. Safer Spaces Advocates will attempt to meet, discuss conduct and recommend corrective action for unsafe behaviors. We will prevent entry and revoke access without refund in response to serious, dangerous, and repeated offences that jeopardize the safety and agency of our space and our guests. Refunds will not be granted in such situations.


Under no circumstances do we tolerate discrimination and harassment including, but not limited to, discrimination and/or harassment on the basis of: sex, gender identity, gender presentation, sexual orientation, relationship status, relationship type or practice, socio-economic status (class), race, ability, language fluency or accent, age, physical appearance, mental health status, education, religion or lack thereof, and size.

Camp Jitterbug is dedicated to a culture of Consent based off of the premise of autonomy: meaning that no one can force another to do anything with their body, mind, or spirit that they did not consent to. Violating consent is not simply an act of ignoring a ‘no’ or not asking for permission. There are many forms of consent violations and the person who can decide if consent was violated is the person who feels their consent was violated.  Some examples of situations that can include consent violations are: not respecting explicitly expressed boundaries and coercing someone to do something through repeated requests or social pressure. Taking advantage of someone’s mental status such as if they are intoxicated or in a state of distress or extreme exhaustion. Taking advantage of someone’s lack of understanding or experience. Pushing established boundaries and cultural norms without permission. Using one’s social power, physical power, or taking advantage of the environment, such as a very crowded dance floor, or an empty room. Going through someone’s belongings without permission. Continuing until you get a ‘no’ and not checking in that your partner is comfortable with something new.

 

Philosophy and Scope

As a general note about our philosophy and the mindset behind this Code of Conduct, we are not here to manage anyone’s consent or police anyone’s boundaries. We ask that everyone do their best to be forthcoming if their boundaries are being crossed. If you do not feel safe communicating these boundaries we are happy to discuss tools with you, and if you feel your boundaries were not respected please don’t hesitate to come to us.  If another attendee shows themselves to be unsafe we are here to intervene, and of course repeated consent violations and/assault are never tolerated.  
 

With large diverse events it’s not possible for us to create a truly ‘safe space’, however we always endeavor to be as safe as possible and this can only be achieved with everyone’s help and participation. Any feedback you share with us about how to make the dance safer is appreciated.

Our Safer Spaces Advocates are volunteers and our capacity is limited to Camp Jitterbug. We cannot make decisions or become involved with issues such as breakups, rivalries, things that happen within consensual relationships, etc., with the exception of helping you to contact law enforcement. Once law enforcement becomes involved, our involvement in the situation comes to an end.

 

In-Depth Version


Physical Safety
Lindy Hop and its related dances are a wonderful form of creative athletic expression. There are many flashy and exciting variations and while we want to encourage exploration and enthusiasm; safety is our top priority.
Aerials are expressly forbidden on the social dance floor, as are lifts except in appropriate situations such as jams or competitions after getting your partner’s consent. Dips and lifts should only be done with the express consent of your dance partner; regardless of the situation. As with all moves, dance partners have the right to modulate or refuse what was lead for any reason, and we ask that all dance partners are open to hearing and communicating their boundaries. If you do not feel safe communicating these boundaries, we are happy to discuss tools with you, and if you feel your boundaries were not respected, please don’t hesitate to come to us.

We also ask that people do their best to be aware of their surroundings, regardless of if they are leading, following, or switching and that they refrain from doing high, forceful kicks that might injure another person on the social dance floor outside of jams, competitions, or performances. We ask for similar respect for space regarding arm stylings.

If you accidently touch someone in a sensitive area on the dance floor, in a workshop, or while practicing, we expect this incident to be acknowledged and apologized for. Repeated offenses will be considered assault/intentional consent violations.

 

Substance
While alcohol and marijuana are legal in Washington state, we ask people to use their better judgement and monitor their intoxication levels so as not to injure themselves or others on the social dance floor.  It is forbidden to consume alcohol or marijuana within any of the venues associated with Camp Jitterbug.  The Tin Table adjacent to the Century and West Hall Ballrooms serves alcoholic drinks outside of the ballrooms. All other forms of illicit substances are expressly prohibited. If we believe you to be under the influence of any illegal substances, or to be excessively intoxicated we will eject you from the dance.

Respect For Boundaries
Dancing is a wonderful way to meet a variety of people and we absolutely encourage friendly socializing, however,  any predatory behavior will be addressed immediately. Sexual language and imagery in social situations is not appropriate for any event venue  including dances, workshops, competitions, and event related social media pages. Threatening or harassing language or behavior will not be tolerated on or offline.  Harassing fellow attendees with threatening private messages will also not be tolerated. Some examples of harassment are repeated/targeted photography or recording, stalking, following, restricting someone’s movement, physical violence, taking of personal property, going through someone else’s property without permission, repeated unwelcome sexual attention and non reciprocated flirtation.


Potential dance partners have the right to refuse any dance, at any time, and without explanation. While we ask that people be kind and polite to each other in both asking for and refusing dances, we also expect anything other than an enthusiastic/clear ‘yes’ to be respected. If someone says ‘no’ to dancing with you, assume it has nothing to do with you and just go find someone who is feeling excited to dance.

Camp Jitterbug welcomes dancers of all levels and abilities and we would like everyone to feel welcome and free to be creative and expressive. In order to respect everyone’s journey in dance, we ask that you refrain from giving unsolicited feedback, teaching on the social dance floor, and out of respect for our instructors and other attendees, disrupting lessons to teach your own materials/give your own versions of instructions. Issues of physical safety, pain, discomfort, or need to correct/(re)establish boundaries are exceptions.

 

You are expected to ask for consent before touching a potential dance/practice partner, including during the course of workshops. Do not assume that simply because someone is in a workshop with you that you can just walk up to them and use them to practice a move you are working on without getting permission. This is especially relevant to when instructors are explaining a new move and some people prefer to shadow it with a partner, some prefer to just watch.  Please ask your partner for permission before you touch them.

Respect for differences and identity
No racial or cultural caricaturization, including but not limited to black face or things that could be interpreted as black face such as chimney sweep make-up, Native American inspired headdresses including hawk or eagle feathers, stereotyped costumes and makeup. This applies to every aspect of Camp Jitterbug and exceptions will not be made.

Threatening Symbols and political beliefs

All political beliefs are welcome and we won’t bar someone for their political affiliation. People often  dance for an escape and a place to feel safe in a community. To that end, we ask people to be thoughtful of other people’s sense of safety and belonging when choosing what clothes to wear, slogans to represent, and political conversations to have. Moreover, if there is someone you want to engage in a political discussion but they are not willing/interested, we ask you to respect their boundaries. However, if someone is making harassing or discriminatory statements, it isn’t okay. We cannot tolerate intolerance nor can we permit signs and symbols that have become associated with political intimidation, trolling, white supremacy, transphobia/trans-exclusionary radical feminism, Anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, etc.
A partial list of signs and symbols that are not permitted at Camp Jitterbug are as follows:, the 8 ball, valknut, 2-3 hand sign, flashing the ‘ok’ sign, the 88 hand sign, the Confederate flag, Swastikas and other iconography associated with the Nazi movement.

No sale or promotion of unauthorized merchandise
In order to protect the financial wellbeing of our community it is not authorized to sell or promote merchandise associated with any Multi-Level Marketing Scheme while in at Camp Jitterbug nor on any of our social media pages. This includes but is not limited to the promotion of nutritional supplements such as Herbalife, essential oils such as , skin care products and makeup such as Nerium or Avon, all materials associated with Empower Network.


How to get help

  • EMAIL TBA
    Text or Call - google voice number TBA
    Find a Safer Spaces Advocate - Photos posted at the front desk.

  • Main dances designated Safer Space Contacts:  Ariana Coveney and Charles Fieseler

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Confidentiality is the foundation of trust , and we will only inform accused parties of their accusers identity with that person’s consent. Creating an environment in which you feel safe to come forward is our responsibility, and without your help we cannot do any prevention. All of our staff are available to help you contact our Safer Spaces Advocates, or local law enforcement, provide escorts, or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to feel safe for the duration of the event. We value your attendance and your safety. All of our Safer Spaces Staff are here to listen regardless of the nature or severity of the issue.

This code of conduct was written by Ariana Coveney. This Code of Conduct and all associated materials are protected by intellectual property right laws. You may not extract and/or re-utilise parts of the content of any of this Code of Conduct without express written consent from Ariana Coveney. You may not reproduce or publish any aspect of this material without express written consent. You may not misuse any aspects of this material and Ariana Coveney and Camp Jitterbug LLC accept no responsibility for any harm or injury that results from this material being misused.

Our Safety Advocates

Ariana Coveney
Ariana Coveney

Director of Safety & Policy

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Aaron Lewis
Aaron Lewis

Safety and Medical Director

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Liliana Corey
Liliana Corey

Safety Director

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Nancy Mariano
Nancy Mariano

Safety Advocate

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Damian Cade
Damian Cade

Safety Advocate

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Miranda Longaker
Miranda Longaker

Safety Advocate

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Amanda Miller
Amanda Miller

Safety Advocate

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Grace Santandreu
Grace Santandreu

Safety Advocate

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