CODE OF CONDUCT
Swing Break Mexico (SBM) is a private lindy hop event and is intended to be a safe place that sometimes takes you out of your comfort zone. In that sense, and in that sense only, it is designed to be a risky place. We want you to push yourself, learn new things, and meet people who will challenge you in whatever corner of the arts you pursue.
We believe in humor and the power of not taking oneself seriously. We believe that the world is micro-managed to an annoying degree, and that after a day of work, deadlines, people who are takers and not givers, and socially awkward bosses, you should be able to unwind in an adult environment where you can see and participate in something real.
In order to make this happen, however, we have a small list of expectations. To put it simply, by SBM, you agree not to be an tool.
This environment is for everyone regardless of gender/gender identity, race, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, religion, or whatever. We do not tolerate harassment of any kind. If you harass someone, you may be asked to leave; you may be kicked out for life. It is at our discretion so just don’t do it.
In keeping with the above, don’t use misogynist, homophobic, transphobic, ableist, or racist language. It’s not only wrong, it’s embarrassing and in poor form.
Don’t treat the event as a place to practice picking up a romantic partner. Our participants did not sign up for you to hit on them. If you engage in this kind of behavior – and make things uncomfortable for the other participants – you will *happily* be shown the door.
Whether you’re dancing, playing music, building sand castles, or surfing, do not offer unsolicited advice to your fellow students. It’s annoying, and in our experience the people who do this are usually wrong.
Generally behave like an adult human being. We welcome every lifestyle and every flavor of person, but this isn’t a Frat Party or Superbowl Sunday: starting fires, urinating in public, throwing garbage on the ground, and the like will make the staff disappointed and wildly sad. Please take pity on the staff and party responsibly. ***If Mexico is not your home country, please remember that you are a guest here***
Within the scope of these caveats, we want you to do your thing. Should you have any harassment-related complaints, please bring your concerns to any member of the SBM staff (Tim, Ruchi, Kevin, Jo, Pao, or Eduardo). We will treat these issues with the strictest confidentiality. Your courage in coming forward can keep incidents from being repeated.
While “Chelas” is one of the words in our motto, the intention is not to at all abuse alcohol. It refers to the free party spirit we wish to promote. Yes, we will serve booze and we want you to drink our booze. However we will not serve you if you appear intoxicated. By coming to the SBM, you agree to never drive a car under the influence. We will gladly call you a cab, bicycle, golf cart, taxi or donkey. Underage drinking at SBM will of course not be tolerated, and will result in immediate and permanent expulsion from the event. Underage intoxication of any kind will have the same effect. Providing alcohol to a minor (under 18 years of age) is illegal (and often a form of harassment). If you do this, things will not look good for you.
To avoid any potential issues, we recommend that everyone seriously consider their own relationship with alcohol. We all love to party, but we are aware that many people have issues with alcohol and can overstep their boundaries. If you are a different (perhaps less appropriate or decent) person under the influence, then please steer clear. We’ll serve you all the soda you want.
Swing Break Mexico is in the town—San Pancho (aka San Francisco, Mexico), to be exact. Please have respect for the surrounding residential areas and keep noise to a minimum when walking late at night in the streets. Please throw your garbage away in the trash and not on the ground. Finally, if you are leaving our venue late at night and would like a walk to your car or hotel, talk to any staff member and we’d be happy to arrange it for you. We do it because we love you.