Balboa on the River (BOTR) is dedicated to providing the Australasian Balboa community with an inclusive Balboa weekend event. As part of this, BOTR aims to provide a safe scene for everyone to enjoy. Therefore, all people engaging in BOTR events are required to act in accordance with our Code of Conduct to help ensure a safe environment is created for everybody to enjoy.


BOTR is committed to providing an event that is free from harassment. We welcome all people to dance events regardless of gender, age, sexual orientation, ability, physical appearance, body size, race, or religion. BOTR will not tolerate any form of harassment at our events, prior to the event or following our events, including the inappropriate use of social media.


What is harassment?

Harassment describes a group of behaviours that are not warranted by the person receiving them and causes the person to feel threatened or disturbed. For the purpose of this Code of Conduct, harassment also includes behaviours such as bullying and discrimination.

Examples of harassment (please note, this is not an exhaustive list):

  • Deliberate intimidation
  • Unwanted sexual advances
  • Stalking
  • Teasing or belittling others
  • Inappropriate verbal comments
  • Posting unwanted or inappropriate material on social media, particularly when directed at an individual/s
  • Unwanted physical contact

Who does this apply to?

This Code of Conduct applies to all people attending BOTR events. This includes, but is not limited to: dancers, volunteers, other attendees, organisers and teachers.

What will happen if someone is being harassed?

If Balboa on the River is made aware of an incident of harassment at an event, the individual who is harassing the person/people will be asked to stop immediately. In extreme cases of harassment, a person may be asked to leave an event and/or the Police or relevant authorities may be contacted. No refund will be made in these cases.

Participants’ role in stopping harassment

As a dancer, onlooker, teacher, organiser, you play a vital role in ensuring this Code of Conduct is complied with. If you are being harassed or notice someone else being harassed, please notify the organisers. In extreme cases of harassment, you may need to contact the police or relevant authorities.

Preventing harassment and fostering inclusion

At BOTR everyone is there because they enjoy the music, dance and culture! By being part of the Balboa community, it is vital that we make everyone feel welcome and safe. BOTR organisers aim to do this at events, but we are also dependent on participants fostering the inclusion of everyone. This is a pivotal way to prevent harassment.

You can help create a safe and inclusive event in many ways, for example:

  • Politely respond when people ask you to dance – you don’t always have to say yes, but you should always be polite in your response.
  • Ever had a night when no one asked you to dance? Dance with more than just your friends – we all remember how hard it was when we first entered the dance scene! Those new dancers are the future of the dance.
  • Avoid and be aware of behaviour that could escalate into harassment and/or a situation that makes others feel uncomfortable, e.g. if someone makes a joke towards someone – do not start to gang up on that person and make them feel belittled.
  • Do not offer unsolicited advice during workshops or on the social dance floor.
  • Be clear with your boundaries, if you feel like you are in an uncomfortable position, or being harassed, say something either to that person, or come and talk to one of the event organisers. It is important to us that you feel comfortable.
  • Be respectful of the people around you, including your event organisers, volunteers, teachers, fellow students and paid staff at events – even when you feel frustrated.

If you have any concerns or questions please contact us.

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