Welcome

Our mission is to grow the blues dance community.  We aim to do this by organising events which include:

>teacher training

>instruction by international instructors

>opportunities for community teachers to teach outside their local area

>affordable pricing

We welcome dancers from other dance communities who are interested in sharing our love of blues dance.

Terms & Conditions

Black Label Blues – Premium Blues Blend

Committed to growing the blues dance community.

 

Terms and Conditions

These terms and conditions apply to all Black Label Blues events.  By registering for a Black Label Blues event you are agreeing to be bound by these terms and conditions.

Booking and Payment

Registration is a request to book a pass and passes are not considered booked until payment is received.  Payment is due in full within 14 days of registration or 2 working days prior to the event, whichever is sooner.  If payment is not received in time Black Label Blues may cancel the registration give the place to another dancer.  Alternative payment plans may be available in special circumstances, please contact us to discuss.

Please note if you are transferring money from international currency be sure to check for charges and exchange costs to ensure that we receive full amount in pounds.

Cancellations and Refunds

We’re really sorry but we cannot give refunds for cancellations.  However, passes are transferable and we are happy to help you to contact wait-listed and interested dancers to sell your pass if necessary.  Please ensure you let us know who you have transferred your pass to so they are on the attendees register.  To do this, email us with the following:   

  • Your name
  • The type of pass you purchased
  • The name of the person you are transferring the pass to
  • Email address of the person you are transferring the pass to

Disclaimer

Dancing is a physical activity and you are responsible for practising good self care to avoid injury.  You participate in our events at your own risk and Black Label Blues organisers and teachers cannot not accept any liability for injury, loss or damage occurring during our events.

We endeavour to provide a safe environment and prohibit unsafe practices as detailed in our Code of Conduct.

By attending our events in any capacity (whether you are an international teacher, superstar dancer, musician, DJ, first time dancer, or anyone else) you agree to treat all participants with care and respect and to abide by our Code of Conduct which can be read here: .http://www.blacklabelblues.co.uk/index.php/code-of-conduct-safer-spaces-policy/

Photo and video

Please be aware that Black Label Blues staff will be taking photos and videos during our events for promotional material.  By signing up to an event you are agreeing to us using your image in our promotions.
Attendees are also encouraged to take their own photos and videos and we agree that these can be shared publicly, apart from photos/videos of classes which must be agreed directly with the teachers.

Code of Conduct / Safer Spaces Policy

Black Label Blues has a zero tolerance policy towards harassment and bullying.  Any allegation of bullying or harassment towards staff, attendees or other people involved in our events will be treated seriously, whether it is based on race, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation or identity, dance ability, dance background,  or any other characteristic or trait.

Everyone at our events is expected to comply immediately if asked to stop any behaviour which may be deemed harassing or inappropriate.

Black Label Blues reserves the right to deny admission to, or to remove from our events any person who is deemed to have breached our Code of Conduct, or who is behaving in an otherwise unsafe or inappropriate manner.  We may ban people from other events and, where necessary, the police may be notified.

Conduct Guidance

1.   Inclusion
We welcome all dancers and music lovers regardless of gender/gender identity, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, religion, employment status, dance ability or dance background. We encourage all dancers to have the choice of dance role (leading/ following/both). The choice is completely up to the individual. We encourage you to clarify which role someone would like to take when you ask them to dance.

2.   Respect others
Be respectful, don’t be inappropriate.

Remember that no means no.

If you ask someone to dance (or anything else) and they say no, respect their decision and ask someone else. No one is obliged to say yes to your requests. No one should feel obliged to accept a dance if they don’t feel like it.

Do not dance unsafely.  Unsafe dancing is any movement that puts you, your partner, or others, at an increased risk of physical injury, including but not limited to: use of unnecessary force, sudden weight sharing, aerials, lifts and drops on a social dance floor.  Remember your partner may have an injury that you’re unaware of and even dipping a partner might hurt them.   Keep your eyes open on the dance floor and try not to bump into others around you.

Partner dancing can involve close physical contact with others and we must respect each other’s personal space. If someone tells you that you are making them feel uncomfortable, respect their requirement for space.  Always respect personal boundaries, your own and those of others.

3.   Care for others
Look out for each other. We are a big family and let’s ensure we love every step we take while at the same time looking out for those around us. If you feel harassed or are made to feel uncomfortable please contact the Black Label Blues organisers (Jo and Taryn) immediately. If you see someone who looks uncomfortable or upset, ask if they are ok and if they would like you to report any unwanted behaviour to the event organisers on their behalf.

4.   Respect and Care for yourself
You need to take good care of yourself.  Take breaks if you need them.

Respect your own personal boundaries and feel comfortable saying no when you need to.  If someone asks you to dance and you don’t want to, you can say “no thank you” – you don’t need to offer an explanation.

Don’t take it personally if someone declines your request to dance – it just means in that moment that person didn’t feel like answering yes.

If you feel someone is crossing your boundaries or making you uncomfortable in any way, feel confident that you can tell them.   Don’t forget that you can stop dancing with them at any time, even halfway through a song.

If you feel unable to address someone directly but think they are behaving inappropriately/breaching the Code of Conduct, please speak to one of the Black Label Blues organisers (Jo and Taryn).

If Jo or Taryn consider the situation to be more serious than their experience can deal with, they will take appropriate action to refer the issue to appropriate professionals and act on their guidance.

Sexual Harassment

The Equality Act of 2010 outlines the definition of sexual harassment under UK law.

We strongly encourage anyone who has experienced any sexual harassment to report it to the police. The official advice is to dial 999.

 

This code of conduct has been informed by various codes of conduct and information from other dance events and organisations including: The Spoonful, Swing Patrol, Safer Dance.

Events

Check here for details of all upcoming Black Label Blues events.

01st – 03rd February 2019 Black Label Blues featuring Damon Stone

Black Label Blues returns in 2019 with another small community-centred blues dance event. Taking place from Friday 01st to Sunday 03rd February 2019, all in a boutique Edinburgh hotel (Victoria Park House Hotel) and featuring Damon Stone, it will include:

> 4 hours of general level workshops by international instructor, Damon Stone
> 2 hours Foundations classes by Damon Stone on Friday evening
> workshops by our blues community heroes
> an optional 4 hours of teacher training with Damon Stone
> 3 Parties
> live music

Watch our website News page, Facebook page or the Facebook event for updates

Registration is open: BLB 2019 registration
S
ocial Pass registration is now open: BLB 2019 social pass registration

 

Past Events:

February 2018 – Black Label Blues featuring Lucky Skillen
A small community-centred blues dance event in Edinburgh taking place from Friday 02nd to Sunday 04th February 2018, it included:
> 6 hours of general level workshops by international instructor, Lucky Skillen
> workshops by our blues community heroes
> Friday night foundations class to get beginners on the dance floor and allow more experienced dancers to refresh their blues basics.
> an optional 3 hours of teacher training with Lucky Skillen
> 3 Parties
> live music

 

February 2017 – Black Label Blues in Dundee
A new blues dance event format with Scottish blues teachers travelling outside their local area to share skills, inspiration, present ideas and immerse ourselves in the Blues experience together.
Open / general level classes between 11am and 6pm with different teachers for each class. Teacher line up:
Oli & Ewa
Taryn & Neil
Rob & Jamie
Jo & Ian
Evening social dance with DJs from 7pm to midnight.