Code of Conduct
Mile High Blues is a community which strives to be supportive, welcoming, and friendly to all people from all walks of life. We work to dismantle oppressive systems and prejudicial treatment of others due to one’s race, gender, and sexual orientation, in order to develop a safer more empowering space in which to dance. Whether you are a dancer, instructor, organizer, new to the dance scene, or have been dancing your whole life, we strive to make Mile High Blues an event which brings people together in community. We hope that people leave Mile High Blues excited for their next opportunity to visit the Colorado Blues and Fusion scenes. We ask that you join us in this endeavor by living the following:
- When we stay with a local dancer or in a hotel, whenever we are on the grounds of the venues, when we are in the classes the instructors have thoughtfully created, we are guests. We will strive to be the best guests possible! We will be tidy, considerate, and courteous. (Protip: Leaving hosts a token of appreciation is awesome!)
- We will display respect to ourselves and others by taking ownership for our words and actions throughout the event. We value all individuals regardless of age, race, religion, nationality, creed, sex, gender expression, sexual orientation, weight, ability, dance skill, politics and political affiliation, lifestyle, and personal boundaries. We will treat each other with respect and act with courage and compassion if we witness others who are not behaving respectfully.
- We respect one anothers’ physical and emotional safety, both on and off the dance floor. We will ask prior to initiating dips, hugs, kisses, and more intimate relationships. We assume consent is not established unless we hear a “yes.” Consent cannot be established with someone who is coerced, under the influence, or unconscious. We encourage everyone to establish consent verbally to make it the most clear.
- We recognize that we may unintentionally violate a boundary and we agree to be open and humble if we are made aware of such a situation. We recognize that others may violate our boundaries and we will endeavor to be courageous in using our words to communicate our needs.
- We encourage those who want to say “yes” to do so enthusiastically and those who want to give a “no” (for any reason) or “not now” to do so courageously. If we receive a “no” or “not now” we will receive it graciously. We will endeavor to apply these principles to our other interactions such as asking people to dance and initiating close embrace.
- We will embrace individual’s freedom to dance in any role, regardless of historical gender expectations, by courageously dancing in whichever role we prefer in the moment, even if it is not our dominant role. We celebrate ambidancetrous culture and switch dancing and recognize that it is a choice that not all people prefer to make.
- We will refrain from giving feedback during social dances unless it is expressly requested or the behavior in question is painful or potentially injurious. If feedback is solicited from us, we understand that we are under no obligation to provide feedback. If we receive unsolicited feedback, we will respond graciously. We may listen to the feedback or kindly decline. For instance, “I’d like for feedback to be given only during lessons, if you don’t mind,” could be an appropriate response.
- We will not participate in lifts or air steps on the social dance floor, outside of workshops, competitions, demos, and performances. We will be alert while social dancing and practice good floorcraft, regardless of which role we are dancing. We will be conscious of who is around us and observe our behavior.
- We will be conscientious regarding public displays of affection. Dancing can be sexy, but we understand that the appropriate place for overt sexual behavior is not the dance floor.
- Because we value our fellow attendees, we will practice good hygiene. This will not only allow us to connect with others much more effectively, but it promotes good health. By keeping ourselves clean, we can help protect ourselves and our community members from going home with dance plague.
We understand that we represent Mile High Blues and the larger Blues dance community to everyone around us, whether they are fellow participants, servers in restaurants, or passers-by on the street. This community is important to us and we will do our very best to represent it well.
If something happens or you need assistance, please reach out to the shift lead on duty (who can be found at or through the registration table).