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Event organizers have the authority to take actions (including and not limited to banning individuals from participation in future events) if the behavior of any individual violates the code of conduct and detracts from the intentions of this event as stated below.

To report any incidents of inappropriate behavior, contact either the event organizer or one of the volunteers listed at the bottom of this document.

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Purpose


We are committed to creating a safe space for fun, socializing, creative expression, and personal growth through the practice and social dancing of Brazilian Zouk & Lambada, for all who choose to participate – regardless of dance experience, age, background, racial/gender identity, etc.

Below are a set of guidelines & shared agreements to create this space together, so everyone feels safe, comfortable, and respected in our community.

Our Shared Agreements


Consent First: Whenever possible, ask for verbal or non-verbal consent before beginning a dance, or any interaction that involves physical contact. During rodas or celebration circles (when dancers quickly change partners within a song), be mindful of your partner and fellow dancers to comfortably enter and exit a dance.

Yes & No: When asking for consent, “Yes” or a nod means yes. Hesitation or “Maybe” means “No” – or there’s something to clarify.

Check In: You are encouraged to check in during any physical activity for another “Yes” if you feel that the other person may be uncomfortable. Ask questions, talk, or clarify when their comfort level is not clear (e.g. How’s that feel? Do you feel okay? Do you want to keep going?).

Consent Resets: A “Yes” once does not mean “Yes” in the future. Don’t assume that consent given for one interaction or activity means consent for another.

Be Attentive: Respect consent even in the absence of words. Watch for cues in body language which may communicate that someone is hesitant or uncomfortable with an interaction (i.e. averting eyes, nervous laughter, frowning, non-response). If you notice any cues of discomfort, check in and ask for clarification.

Say Stop: Want an interaction to end but you don’t know what to say? Use the word “Stop.”  The word stop is understood to mean you want what is happening to end.

Compliance: If someone says “Stop” to you, that means stop what you are doing immediately. Check in with them and ask for clarification about what is making them uncomfortable. If they choose to end the interaction with you, respect their desire to do so.

Respect Individual Agency: Do not try to convince, coerce, or manipulate another person to engage with you in an activity or interaction when their answer is “maybe”, “no”, or “stop”.

Be Civil: Do not engage in behavior that is disrespectful to event staff or attendees, or is otherwise disruptive to the intentions of the event as stated above. Verbal and physical abuse is strictly prohibited, and will result in the person engaging in such behavior to be asked to leave immediately and potentially banned from future events.

Communicate: If you were made to feel uncomfortable by someone, you are encouraged to talk to them directly about what happened to help them become aware of the impact of their behavior. If you don’t feel comfortable talking to them, talk to a friend or event organizer. The community is here to help.

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