Code of Conduct

This code of conduct describes:
  • How we can be share responsibility in making our weekend fun, while also keeping everyone safe.
  • Which behaviors are considered acceptable and which behaviors are not.
  • What options are available for dancers if someone’s behavior is unacceptable or not safe for those around them.
  • What the Event will do to provide a safe environment for attendees.
Be respectful of those around you on the dance floor. If you bump into someone, apologize. If you hurt someone, apologize, and make necessary changes to avoid that from happening again. This might mean not dancing with that peson again or talking to your dance teacher for support. Respect other people’s boundaries. We support everyone’s right to say “no” and/or “stop”. Dancers can do some pretty crazy things, but just because you see someone do something with someone else it doesn’t mean they will want to do it with you! This applies to everything from close dance holds to moves like dips, flirty conversations or even just agreeing to dance. If you aren’t sure of someone’s boundaries, or can’t tell from their nonverbal cues, then ask them. If you misjudge, and they ask you to stop (either verbally or nonverbally, such as with a facial expression or a body language cue), then stop. Remember that alcohol and other substances can make it harder to judge boundaries accurately; please be mindful of your limits and respect that other people’s boundaries may be different. Ask, and respond, respectfully. People around here usually happily accept an invitation to dance, but remember that it’s okay to say “no.” If you are turned down for a dance, please respect that decision, don’t take it personally and invite someone else to dance. If at any point while dancing you feel uncomfortable or unsafe, you can tell your partner you are uncomfortable, ask for any adjustments, or stop the dance before the song ends without explanation. Requests for your own safety and comfort are respectful requests of your partner, as your ally, in creating fun for everyone and are not the same as offering someone unsolicited feedback on their dance skills (which is generally considered rude). If you often feel uncomfortable in dances or are often the recipient of these kinds of requests for adjustments, you might consider reaching out to a teacher or trusted ally for advice or assistance. Please do not engage in any illegal behavior during our event, including, but not limited to, use of illegal drugs, giving alcohol to minors and stealing. This environment is for everyone regardless of race, age, level of dance, sexual orientation, gender/gender identity, disability, physical appearance, religion, or anything else. We do not tolerate harassment or threats of any kind. Any situation which makes another person feel unsafe or uncomfortable to the point of being unable to enjoy the event is unacceptable and can be considered harassment. If you harass or threaten someone, you will be asked to leave. What to do if you witness or are subjected to unacceptable or harassing behavior: Please watch out for each other and help us to take care of each other. If you aren’t sure if someone else is okay, please take a closer look: ask them for a dance to draw them away from the situation, or ask, in a friendly way, if they need help. If you are subjected to harassing behavior, notice that someone else is being subjected to unsafe or unacceptable behavior, or have other concerns along these lines, please contact event staff for help. You can find staff on duty at the event registration desk, or at the DJ booth when registration is closed, or you can directly text or call one of the people listed below; you may also ask the hotel or venue staff to find us. We promise to listen and to treat you with respect and confidentiality. Consequences of unacceptable behavior: Anyone asked to stop unacceptable or harassing behavior is expected to do so immediately. Actions that compromise the safe and respectful environment of the event are not acceptable from any member of our community: attendees, teachers, judges, performers, volunteers or staff. Depending on the severity, event organizers’ interventions in response to a problem may range from:
  • talking to the offending person and asking them to take an action or stop a particular action
  • asking them to leave the venue immediately without warning, compensation or refund based on individual circumstances
These conversations or actions will take place as privately as possible. If problems presist after the initially conversation, we want to hear about it so further action can be taken if necessary. We are committed to COA being a place everyone can enjoy. We are grateful for your help and commitment to making our shared environment safe for everyone. Thank you for helping us keep all our events safe.. PRICE GOUGING Boom Tick LLC, dba. City of Angels WCS, Los Angeles, prohibits the practice of price gouging of any kind. Examples include reselling event passes at a higher price or booking multiple rooms and reselling them for profit. Those caught price gouging will face disciplinary action, up to and including removal from the event. RIGHT TO REFUSE Boom Tick LLC, dba. City of Angels WCS, Los Angeles, is a privately owned company and we reserve the right to establish and enforce policies that promote a safe environment for everyone. In order to maintain a high standard of service, we reserve the right to refuse attendance at any of our events to anyone for any reason that does not discriminate against any protected class. Attendance may be denied or discontinued to anyone who demonstrates harassment of any form. SAFETY Boom Tick LLC, dba. City of Angels WCS, Los Angeles, takes a strong stand against misconduct by holding ourselves, our staff, volunteers, attendees, and guests to high anti-harassment standards. We are committed in all areas to providing an environment that is safe and free from harassment based upon an individual’s sex, race, ethnicity, national origin, age, religion, or any other legally protected characteristics. We expect all attendees at our event to always respect one another on and off the dance floor. Harassment in any form, including sexual harassment, will not be tolerated at any event hosted by Boom Tick LLC, dba. City of Angels WCS, Los Angeles, Sexual harassment is behavior characterized by the making of unwelcome and inappropriate sexual remarks or physical advances in a professional or social situation. Examples of harassing behavior include unwanted physical contact, foul language of an offensive sexual nature, sexual propositions, sexual jokes or remarks, obscene gestures, and displays of pornographic or sexually explicit pictures, drawings, or caricatures. If you feel that you have been harassed based on your sex, race, national origin, ethnic background, or any other legally protected characteristic, please immediately report the matter to an event staffer and/or Event Director. A reporting mechanism is in place to provide a confidential, thorough, and impartial investigation. Any necessary corrective action will be prompt, consistent and proportionate to the severity of the harassment/misconduct. ALCOHOL AND DRUG POLICY Boom Tick LLC, dba. City of Angels WCS, Los Angeles, does not allow the use of illegal drugs in or around the ballrooms and classrooms at any of our events. The hotel, for our event, may provide alcohol and we ask everyone to drink responsibly.

Code of Conduct reference credit to MAD Jam. 

Contacts for further information or assistance

John Kirkconnel , Event Liason 604-366-4690

Kanit Dararutain, Lead Coordinator 719-440-5564

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