Mile High Blues Safer Spaces Policy, Short Version:
Mile High Blues is committed to creating and maintaining a safer, welcoming and respectful space for our community members. At all our events, we are dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for every participant, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, disability, religion, physical appearance, body size, age, race or dance ability. We do not tolerate harassment of event participants in any form. Anyone engaging in harassing or violent behavior may be expelled from the event, without a refund, at the discretion of Mile High Blues organizers.
To report a violation of this policy during the event and for immediate assistance, please contact the Manager on Duty through the Registration Desk.
For a more detailed understanding of our policy and potential response to harassing behavior, please read our policy documents.
Code of Conduct and Desired Community Norms
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:
- Being Considerate Guests 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!)
- Respect 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.
- Establishing Consent 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.
- Real Talk about Consent 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.
- Saying Yes!, Yes, and No 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.
- Dance Roles 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.
- Feedback at Dances 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. There is practice time available during lunch breaks and before and after classes, please consider asking for and giving feedback in these times.
- Air Steps and Floorcraft 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.
- Where to be Overtly Sexual 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. We also understand the only place to be overtly sexual is where everyone involved consents to such acts.
- Health and Hygiene 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.
- Ambassadors of our Community 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.
We’re All in This Together
At Mile High Blues, we recognize that not everyone will follow all of these at all times. We’re all in this together and keep track of how we are impacting people around us as well as how others are being in the space. If someone takes action not in alignment with this code of conduct, Mile High Blues reserves the right to take some action which could include many things from having a conversation and setting a clear expectation for future behavior to a permanent ban from all Mile High Blues events (with many options in between). We encourage you to deal with issues as they arise and you are able and to inform us about what’s going on at or involved with the event.
Questions, Complaints, and Information
If something happens in violation of our Safer Spaces Declaration, or you need assistance, please reach out to the Manager on duty (who can be found at or through the registration table). You can also send an email to MHB.SaferSpaces@gmail.com, a message through our contact form on our website or send a message to Aimee at 720-722-3486.