We Stand in Solidarity

Dear Friends,

Like many others around the world, we at the Swing Dance Association of Victoria are saddened by what is happening to innocent people. Their crime: the colour of their skin. As our Code of Conduct states we are open to everyone regardless of gender, gender identity, race, sexual orientation, disability, age, size, physical appearance, or religion.

Although we will always remain an apolitical organization, we can not sit by and ignore the injustices that have been taking place and continue to take place. We are more interested in what unites us than any kind of division based on difference, and for us this is a passion for music, dance, and people of all races. The dance community isn’t perfect but fundamental to it is an openness, tolerance, love, and togetherness. It is a global community, a united nation.

The roots of our passion lay in the dancehalls, the juke joints, and the streets of Black America. Without Jazz, Blues, and Swing there would be no dancing. There are many, many Black musicians and early dancers who have inspired all Swing Dancers; Frankie Manning, Norma Miller, and the rest of Whitey’s Lindy Hoppers, Count Basie, Ella Fitzgerald, Chick Webb, Lionel Hampton, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Billie Holiday, Cab Calloway, Duke Ellington. This list is long and inspiring. We owe our passions to those who pursued their art despite racism and injustice.

We stand in solidarity with peaceful protest. Enough is enough. 
Black Lives Matter.