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A Few Things about Atlanta Varsity Showdown

A Vernacular Jazz Dance Competition Weekend in Atlanta, GA!

Atlanta Varsity Showdown (AVS) is a Workshop Weekend dedicated to growing the lindy hop, charleston, balboa, solo jazz and other vernacular jazz dance community.  Located in Atlanta, GA, this weekend features classes on three different track levels, social dances, competitions, live music, and fun!

#AVS2019 Highlights

2018 is bringing you more than ever!

We’ve got:

  • World-class instructors
  • Popular Live Bands
  • Killer DJs
  • Throwdown competitions
  • Social dances every night!

Photo Credit: Kanwei Li

Learn & Grow as a Lindy Hopper!

Lindy hop and other vernacular jazz classes are taught by the AVS2018 team of instructors in three different track levels.

AVS2018 is also bringing back our popular lunch and learns. Lunch and learns are talks on a range of topics from lindy hop history, to musicality, to dance health and everything in between! These talks are open to any attendee.

Show Your Stuff in Competitions

Showdown throwdown in friendly competitions aimed to highlight the best in everyone!! Whooping and cheering for one another is encouraged!

Be ready to compete in:

  • Jack & Jill newcomer or advanced divisions
  • Strictly Lindy
  • Solo Jazz
  • Secret Scene Competition (the one and only in the country!)

Code of Conduct

Atlanta Varsity Showdown is dedicated to providing a safe and comfortable event experience for everyone. Therefore all attendees, instructors, staff, volunteers, and VIPs at the event are required to comply with the following code of conduct. Organizers will enforce this code throughout the event. We expect cooperation from all participants to help ensure a safe environment for everybody. We care.

Options for help:

Whatever means of communication you choose, the organizers will listen to you and work with you to determine the best course of action for the safety and well being of yourself and all other participants.

Declaration of Safe Space

Atlanta Varsity Showdown is dedicated to providing a safe and comfortable event experience for everyone, regardless of gender, age, sexual orientation, ability, physical appearance, body size, race, or religion (or lack thereof). We do not tolerate harassment of event participants in any form. Sexual language and imagery in social situations is not appropriate for any event venue, including dances, workshops, lectures, competitions, Twitter, Facebook, and other online media. Event participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the event without a refund at the discretion of the conference organizers.

Code of Conduct in Detail

Atlanta Varsity Showdown does not tolerate any form of harassment. Harassment includes offensive verbal comments (related to gender, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, OR religion), sexual images in public spaces, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of workshops or other events, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention.

We expect participants asked to stop harassing behavior to comply immediately.

If a participant engages in harassing behavior, the event organizers may take any action they deem appropriate, including warning the offender, expulsion from the event without refund, and/or expulsion from all future events.

If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact a member of event staff immediately, using one of the methods above.

Event staff will be happy to help participants contact the organizers, 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.

We expect all participants to follow these rules at dance, workshop, and lecture venues.

Being a Good Event Attendee

Please be respectful to your fellow attendees. Many attendees will be happy to meet you and dance with you. Some will not. Be okay with that.

It is okay for any person to decline a dance (or multiple dances) with any person; you do not have to give a reason. Dancing with someone is not a right. If a person says “no” to a dance, please accept that response graciously. If the person tells you “no” repeatedly, please stop asking them to dance.

Please do not offer unsolicited advice to fellow dancers either in class or on the social dance floor.

Please use your full range of senses on the dance floor to avoid accidental collisions and injuries. It is every dancer’s responsibility to be aware of their own and their partner’s movement and position, as well as the movement and position of the dancers surrounding them, in order to avoid all forms of dangerous contact. If you do collide with someone on the dance floor, please offer an apology, even if you are not at fault for the collision.

Please be aware that another person’s boundaries may be different than your own. If you accidentally touch someone in an inappropriate way, even if you were not aware the touch was in appropriate, please apologize. If someone mentions that a particular way of moving is painful to them, please apologize and avoid that movement in the future, even if you don’t understand why the movement is painful.

Please be respectful to event staff, even if you are experiencing a personal frustration. Without the goodwill of these individuals, a smoothly functioning event is impossible.

Finally, be aware of your own boundaries and physical needs. Do not neglect your health, remember to sleep, wash your hands frequently, and remember to take your meds if applicable.


Last updated: October 25, 2017