Code of Conduct

This code of conduct provides guidelines for all guests attending events that CB hosts and controls the space for (e.g., House Parties, workshops, The Blues Mill).

Code of Conduct:

Collectively Blue provides space to dance, relax, and have a good time. In order to make this possible, here are some guidelines for being an awesome community member and doing your part to make this scene even better!

  1. We want every single person, regardless of gender, race, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, age, religion, etc. to be able to feel welcomed and comfortable in our spaces. We do not tolerate harassment of any kind. If you harass someone, you may be asked to leave; that may be for the duration of a dance or the duration of the weekend, at our discretion.
  2. Don’t use misogynist, homophobic, transphobic, ableist, or racist language. If you say something that someone finds offensive, listen to them, apologize, and don’t use that language again.  This includes but is not limited to pronoun preferences, racial slang, nicknames, and banter (eg. ‘giving them a hard time’).
  3. Don’t offer unsolicited advice on the dance floor. If someone is new and would like some guidance or instruction, take that interaction off of the dance floor. Telling someone that they’re hurting you is not unsolicited advice.
  4. Aerials and other moves which put one or both dancers off their balance are inappropriate for social dancing as they increase the risk of injury.
  5. While we do not have any requirements of skill, we do expect that attendees dance in such a way that keeps themselves and others safe.
  6. Generally, be a responsible adult human. Use your judgment – behavior that is appropriate for a house party is perhaps less appropriate for a dance in a studio.

If someone is making you feel uncomfortable, you have been harmed, or someone present is a danger to themselves or others, please report this to Collectively Blue’s Planning Board (see the Who We Are page). We treat these issues with the strictest confidentiality. CB pledges to take reports on good faith and respects the privacy of those who choose to report anonymously. Your courage in coming forward can keep incidents from being repeated.

Underage consumption of alcohol or use of illegal substances during our events is strictly prohibited and will result in immediate expulsion. Additionally, any individual providing alcohol to minors will also be expelled from the event. We strongly encourage minors under 16 to have an accompanying parent or guardian – we are happy to waive admission if you are at the event to observe a minor.

A note about affirmative consent, personal space, and flirtation:

Recognizing that sometimes people choose to pursue romantic or sexual relations within the scene, anyone attempting to flirt or hook up at an event should keep in mind that only “yes” means “yes”.  If we receive reports of a person pursuing another after being told ‘no’ it will be treated as sexual harassment.  If consent is something that seems vague to you, there’s a pretty simple explanation in this video.  Consent can be more complex than that, but that’s a good place to start.

Blues is a physically engaging and physically close dance.  This will be taken into account as context for all reports.  Given this context, accidental inappropriate touch may happen.  This does not make the dance an invitation for unwanted intimacy.  Grinding and groping are not a part of blues.  Consensual ‘making-out’ is not appropriate for the dance floor.

Adapted from the Mobtown Ballroom Code of Conduct.