We aim to provide a harassment-free and safe social dance experience for everyone regardless of dance ability, dance background, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, physical ability, appearance, body size, race, age, religion or any other characteristic or trait. We take zero tolerance to harassment in any form. Individuals violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the venue at the discretion of the organisers.
Harassment includes deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, inappropriate physical contact, hugging when not wanted, sexual images in public spaces, and unwelcome and unreciprocated sexual attention. When asked to stop any harassing behaviour, participants are expected to comply immediately.
Unsafe behaviour includes dipping too deeply, or without permission; yanking your partner with unnecessary forceful movement, excessive use of drugs/alcohol.
If a participant engages in harassing or unsafe behavior, the event organisers may take any action they deem appropriate, including issuing a warning, or the expulsion of the offender from the event with no refund.
It is perfectly acceptable to say no to a dance. If someone says no to you then you accept it.
Downtown Blues is a learning and social event where we want people to feel comfortable. If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact any of the organisers immediately. Contact the DJ / teacher if you need assistance locating an organiser.
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