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DC Zouk & Bachata Festival Code of Conduct:

The dance community has been and should remain a place of inclusion and respect fostered by safety and trust among one another. This represents and applies to all members of our community regardless of age, gender, physique, ethnicity and appearance, where socializing and being equal is an integral part of who we are, as dancers and as people.



Acknowledging that we all have a responsibility to build and maintain a safe environment and contribute to the well-being of our community, this event calls for the following:


  • RECOGNIZE that we reserves the right to refuse sale and/or remove anyone from our premises who endangers the health, welfare or safety of others. Such will not be superseded by the purchase of a pass.


  • TREAT all people with respect. Zero tolerance for discrimination according to sex, gender expression or sexual orientation, race, religion, or nationality. We treat everyone equally, regardless of age, ability, physical appearance, lifestyle, dance experience or role.


  • BE EFFECTIVELY PROACTIVE. If you see something, say something to the event staff immediately.


  • FOSTER inclusiveness of individuals at all dance levels. Be gracious if turned down for dances. We may say “No” without giving a reason but are polite when doing so and if we promise to dance later on, we honor that promise.


  • REALIZE that unwelcomed or inappropriate behavior is not always done intentionally. Boundaries that are clearly communicated, both verbally and non-verbally, should be respected. Event attendees who are asked to stop any such behavior are expected to comply immediately. 


  • BE RESPONSIBLE for your own physical safety and that of others. This includes, but is not limited to, practicing safe floor-craft, honestly acknowledging our own skill levels in learning & executing movements and understanding & respecting one's boundaries and the impact of consuming substances such as alcohol.


  • UNDERSTAND that any unlawful activity or behavior will not be tolerated and will be reported to the police or other appropriate authorities, when necessary. Event attendees are expected to obey all local, state and Federal laws.



We are dedicated to providing a safe, welcoming, and harassment-free festival experience for everyone. This protection is all-encompassing, and covers all characteristics, including, but not limited to a person’s: sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, color, religion, national origin, age, political affiliation, social aptitude, speech impediments and dance level. Anyone from any lifestyle is welcome at our event, as long as they do not intentionally do any action that hinders the enjoyment of other attendees. Harassment of any kind, including but not limited to: physical assault, sexual assault, sexual harassment, battery, deliberate intimidation, stalking, harassing photography or recording, or unwelcome physical attentions, will not be tolerated. 



If a person says “no” or asks you to leave them alone, you must do so. Do not follow them or attempt to disrupt their festival experience in any way. If you continue to provide unwelcome attention to another attendee, you may have your pass revoked without refund, you may be removed from the premises, and you may be barred from attending future events. 



We are not responsible for mediating any interpersonal problems that arose between individual attendees outside of our events. Thus, we can take no action to prevent a person from attending the festival unless that person has made a specific and credible threat toward the festival itself. If you feel that a threat exists against your person, we advise you to seek a restraining order against the individual in question and to present it to our security in advance of the festival at  If you obtain a restraining order against someone prior to the event and you know that they are attending the event, please provide this information to us so that we are aware prior to the event. If you are unable to obtain a restraining order, we recommend avoiding that individual, and reporting them to security immediately if they violate this harassment policy during the event so that appropriate action may be taken. Conversely, any attempt to have an innocent person removed from the festival by falsely accusing them will be treated as an act of harassment and dealt with appropriately. The responsibility for settling interpersonal disputes lies solely with the individuals involved. Our organizing team will not tolerate being used as a leveraging point in such disputes. 


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