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. In registering for BOTR you agree to abide by our Code of Conduct.


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.


Partner dancing requires a certain amount of consideration and care for others. In registering for BOTR you agree that you will act with respect, and care and consideration for the safety of the people you are dancing with, and any others the dance floor.

It is your responsibility to inform your dance partner if you have any illness, disability or condition which may affect your or their safety whilst dancing.

Despite all due care, accidents can happen. It is your responsibility to communicate to your partner if they do something which compromises your safety whilst dancing with them or makes you feel unsafe, to take reasonable action to reestablish your safety, and if appropriate, to notify a teacher or agent of BOTR as soon as possible.


Physical activity, outdoors or indoors, by its very nature, carries with it certain inherent risks that cannot be eliminated regardless of the care taken to avoid injuries. Some of the activities run as part of of BOTR involve strenuous exertions of strength using various muscles groups, some involve quick movements including speed and change of direction, and others involve sustained physical activity which may place stress on the body’s systems.

Specific risks vary from one activity to another, but the risks range from 1) minor injuries such as scratches, bruises, sprains, 2) major injuries such as eye injury or loss of sight, injury to nose or teeth, joint or back injuries, heart attacks and concussions, and 3) catastrophic injuries including paralysis and death.

You recognise that participation in BOTR will require physical fitness and you are satisfied that you have attained the level of fitness to safely participate in BOTR.

It is your responsibility to inform your teacher if you have any illness, disability or condition which may affect your safety in class.

In registering for Balboa on the River (BOTR) you acknowledge that you have read the previous paragraphs and know, understand and appreciate that these risks are inherent in participation in the activities at BOTR and you assert that your participation is VOLUNTARY and in no way mandated by BOTR.


In registering for BOTR, you acknowledge that attendance and participation is at your own risk, and you waive all rights or causes of action, including for liability, which you might otherwise have against the event director, event staff, and all persons and agencies connected with the event (“the event organisers”) for any loss or damage arising out of or in connection with your participation in Balboa on the River. Such liability shall include but not be limited to any person injury, property loss or damage. The waiver includes all claims against the event organizers not withstanding any negligence, default or lack of care on their part of the event organisers.

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