Code of Conduct

RVA Swing & I Heart Bal strive to create an explicitly anti-racist, body-positive, and LGBTQ-friendly space.

Our goal is to provide a friendly and safe environment for all students, regardless of their age, skill level, race, religion, body size, gender identity, or sexual orientation. We want everyone to have a good time and to enjoy the fun of social dance in a physically and emotionally safe environment.

By attending I Heart Bal, you agree to follow our General Code of Conduct as well as our  COVID19 Code of Conduct, outlined below.

General Code of Conduct

First & foremost: treat your fellow dancers, and your instructors, with kindness and respect

--Demeaning, harassing, or dismissive language will not be tolerated. This includes racist, sexist, homophobic, transphobic, or fatphobic comments.

--Respect your instructors’ & fellow students' pronouns 

--Respect that every student has the right to learn the dance role of their choice

--Always get verbal consent for a dance before touching someone

RVA Swing will not tolerate any behavior that violates our Code of Conduct or that contributes to a generally toxic or unsafe learning environment. 

This includes, but is not limited to:

-- Offensive verbal comments & microaggressions related to gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, disability, age, physical appearance, body size, race or religion

--Sexual language, imagery, or invitations, as well as inappropriate physical contact, unwelcome touching, and all forms of sexual harassment.

--Harassment of any kind, including following/stalking and abusive messages sent via email/text/social media

RVA Swing/I Heart Bal reserves the right to remove disruptive, unsafe, or toxic students/attendees without a refund.

2023 COVID-19 Code of Conduct

All attendees & staff must follow the COVID safety guidelines put forth by the event. 

-- have a dose dated at least 2022 or later & provide accurate, truthful info about your vaccination status

do not attend the event if you feel unwell. (Think it is “just fall allergies?” Please wear a mask anyway!)

-- exercise care in the choices you make in the week leading up to the event to lessen the chances that you bring COVID with you

if you have attended an event with known exposures in the 7-10 days before I Heart Bal, please wear a mask at all indoor portions of I Heart Bal (Same goes for recent outbreaks at your office, school, or in your friend group)

-- if traveling with others, communicate your risk level, risk tolerance, and precautions with your roommates/travel companions, and set a common set of safety precautions for your group

-- if you are a guest in someone's home, communicate your risk level, risk tolerance, and precautions to your hosts, and abide by any and all of their house COVID safety rules