There are no refunds or pass transfers, however, you will receive a full credit for the following Camp Jitterbug.
Any cancellations due to a positive COVID test 7 days or sooner before the event will be refunded (minus PayPal fees) or credited with proof of infection. If you request a refund, please consider donating a portion of your cancelled pass. Camp Jitterbug is a community organization that can only remain sustainable with your support.
Please email us at email@example.com with "Camp Jitterbug Cancellation" in the subject line to request a refund or credit. If we do not receive an email at least 48 hours before the event (other than last minute COVID related cancelations) and you do not show up, a refund or credit will not be provided.
PHOTO & VIDEO RELEASE
Many photos and videos are taken during Camp Jitterbug 2023. Photos and/or Videos taken by Camp Jitterbug may be used for promotional/business related purposes without compensation. If you need to request NOT to be in any pictures, please email us in advance at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will do our best to accommodate you.
COVID SAFETY POLICY
Our local and national COVID numbers have decreased significantly, all local and national restrictions have been lifted and we are finally at a point where we feel comfortable removing many of our requirements to attend. Please keep in mind that if the situation changes, this policy may be updated accordingly. We will follow our local and CDC recommendations. Currently, Seattle is listed at the lowest infection level right now. For more info visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/your-health/covid-by-county.html
WE REQUIRE THE FOLLOWING:
1. ILLNESS SYMPTOMS - If you have symptoms of illness and are sick at the time of the event, we ask that you not attend. Even if you test negative for COVID, we don't want to spread other illnesses such as the flu, RSV, gastrointestinal viruses, etc. Credit will be applied to the following year.
2. COVID POSITIVE OR EXPOSURE - If you test positive for COVID or are exposed to someone with COVID in the past week, we ask that you refrain from attending and email us at email@example.com
3. MASK COURTESTY - If someone is masked at the event, we ask that you be mindful and offer to wear a mask if you plan on asking them to dance. If someone asks you to wear a mask before dancing with them, please agree to do that-including during the competitions. We may ask attendees to wear a mask if they will be in contact with any special guests who are at higher risk.
4. SICK AT EVENT - If you become sick at the event, please refrain from attending and take a COVID test. We have tests available at the event but supplies are limited. You will be credited a portion of your pass if you end up getting sick during the event. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
WE HIGHLY RECOMMEND THE FOLLOWING:
1. STAY VACCINATED - We highly recommend everyone be up to date on their vaccinations (currently the Bivalent Booster), since this provides the best form of protection. Due to a high amount (94%) of current population immunity from vaccinations and infection, this isn't required to attend at this point. Please visit the CDC website for more details on getting vaccinated.
2. KN95 & SURGICAL GRADE MASKS - Masks are highly effective to avoid transmission and they are a great way to protect yourself. If you feel uncomfortable, we encourage you to wear a mask and we will have them available at the door. Supplies may be limited, so please bring your own mask when possible.
3. COVID TESTS Especially if you are traveling from out of town, we encourage you to do a COVID test before the event. We HIGHLY recommend wearing a mask while on public transportation/air travel leading up to the event to prevent becoming ill at the event.
ADDITIONAL SAFETY MEASURES:
1. We will have hand sanitizer at every venue. Please wash your hands before a class or dance and utilize hand sanitizers/hand washing regularly throughout the event.
2. We will disinfect high touch surfaces on a regular basis.
3. We will have KN95 masks available (limited supply)
4. We will have COVID tests available (limited supply)
5. We will make sure that Mask etiquette is followed and will remind attendees throughout the weekend.
6. We will do our best to keep fans going and windows open for ventilation as much as possible. This can be difficult in vintage buildings so we will do our best!
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.
**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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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