HONOURING THE ROOTS
Blues dance is an African American dance form. As dancers not from this culture, we are committed to honouring the roots of the dance through this event. We organise this event with care and deep respect for the rich history and heritage of the music and dance, aiming to educate about and celebrate the dance, the music and the people who created it.
Everybody attending and involved with Good Time Blues Fest has the right to be respected and enjoy learning, dancing, working, socializing and playing music in a safe and enjoyable environment. We expect appropriate, respectful etiquette and behaviours to be conducted at all times. We reserve the right to ask any person who displays inappropriate or disrespectful behaviour on or off the dance floor to leave the event.
We feel extremely lucky to be able to share beautiful moments with likeminded people, that is why we strongly believe in putting the interest of the community before the individual. We need to be there for each other and make sure that as a group of people we all shine together. Always ask yourself how you can contribute to the wellbeing of the community. Perhaps you can dance with somebody who looks a bit shy; maybe you can proactively make new friends rather than just stick within your circle; how about you tell the musicians, the djs and the volunteers how grateful you are for their work? Kindness is never too much!
As organisers and dancers we believe in continuous self-review and reflection to allow us to grow. We encourage you to do the same. Reflect on your dancing to help you progress as dancers; reflect on your values of the dance to deepen your own ideas and voice; reflect on why you love this crazy community and in turn help the community to grow.
Joy is defined as “a feeling of great pleasure and happiness.” We ask that everyone aims to bring joy to the weekend – for themselves and for everyone around them. Ask strangers to dance, smile at your partner, clap and shout your appreciation to the bands, applaud the DJs (they love that!), encourage new dancers, chat to people you don’t know, ask the shy people at the edge of the dance floor to dance… spread joy!