Code of Conduct


Square dance clubs are encouraged to set up and comply with a code of conduct that will enhance the club’s public image, pleasure and functioning and that of Western square and round dancing. This is the Central Ohio Corporation of Dance Clubs’ (COCDC) Code of Conduct and guidelines that ground and enhance the Code’s purposes.

We intend for this code to underscore long-recognized standards for our members and guests. The code is about our values and intention to extend courtesy, respect and friendliness to all. Our club members agree to abide by this Code at any and all functions, including dances, demonstrations, workshops, social gatherings and meetings.

Members pledge to comply with our Code whenever and wherever they dance or socialize. We represent COCDC, wherever we are in the world of square dancing.

Responsibility to Uphold the Code:

Members are encouraged to report in writing any violation of this code to the COCDC President. Members are expected to report the incident in the interest of the welfare of COCDC.  COCDC will investigate all reported incidents and take appropriate action. Inappropriate behavior and misconduct, which includes unwanted physical contact, will not be tolerated and will result in immediate removal from the event.

Where permanent removal is being considered, opportunity will be provided for persons accused of such violation to speak on their own behalf before the Council prior to any final decision.

Adherence to these standards of conduct is encouraged from the early stages of beginner classes. They shall be posted on our COCDC website and distributed to all members, who are expected to abide by its requirements.

COCDC does not discriminate or refuse membership or participation based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual preference, national origin, age, ancestry or disability.

Specific Affirmations:

  1. Personal Cleanliness, respect, courtesy and friendliness are always important. Smiles and positive attitude go a long way.
  2. A welcoming attitude is essential. Welcoming others to a dance and into a square are an integral part of the social aspect of our dances. Solo dancers will be welcomed and included in the dancing as much as reasonably possible at all of our dances and workshops. Thanking each participant at the end of the tip creates a good feeling among all, as does thanking all the dancers, caller and cuers at the end of the dance.  Help new dancers and guests in every way possible.
  3. Conforming to accepted and generally taught hand positions and maneuvers for executing movements creates ease and flow for dancers.
  4. Extend the courtesy of your attention to callers, cuers and anyone MC-ing a dance or making announcements.
  5. Square up when the music starts or move to the dance floor when the cuer takes the mike. Vacate the floor when not dancing.
  6. Be a cooperative dancer. Each person must do their share to make the square or the round dance run smoothly.
  7. Keep conversation reasonably quiet, while taking a break from dancing, so as not to distract dancers. This is a matter of courtesy. Have fun, but don’t be loud!
  8. Stay for the entire dance, if energy and time allow. If you must leave early, tell someone and, if possible, thank the caller and cuer. Callers and cuers are there for the dancers to have fun. Staying for the entire dance is respectful and courteous and sends a message that you had a good time.
  9. Physically able dancers should help with the set up before dances and special activities, as well as take down and clean up.

Specific Prohibitions:

  1. Angry or vulgar language, including swearing, name-calling or raising one’s voice.
  2. Physical contact with anyone in any inappropriate, angry or threatening way.
  3. Harassment or intimidation by electronic device, social media, words, gestures, facial expression, body language or any other menacing behavior.
  4. Irritable behavior or otherwise negative attitude towards anyone, including one’s spouse or partner.
  5. Use of alcohol or any debilitating drug immediately before or during a dance or activity. To be under the influence is to detract from the dance and can be unsafe.
  6. Leaving a square, once formed, before the tip is over, except for fatigue, illness or injury, having found a replacement, if possible.
  7. Bickering, gossiping or fault-finding, during the dance or activity to anyone in attendance.
  8. Refusing to dance in any square or with any person, except when taking a break from dancing. To do so is a major square dancing insult.
  9. Refusal to follow the Code or policies of this Council