USA Dance Chapter 5047
P.O. Box 94766
Albuquerque, NM 87199
United States

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Code of Conduct

Code of Conduct for USA Dance Sponsored Events

North Central New Mexico USA Dance Chapter # 5047

General Description:

The Code of Conduct is a behavioral guideline for members and guests at USA Dance Chapter sponsored events. The sole purpose of the Code of Conduct is to help maintain a fun and pleasant social dance atmosphere for all by setting suggested guidelines for individual behavior.


Nice, clean, casual attire or better is suitable for regular dance events. Coat and tie or better for men and a comparable level of dress or outfit for ladies is suggested for semi-formal affairs. In all cases, shoes, shirts and long pants are suggested for men and shoes, dresses, skirts or slacks, and tops are suggested for women. Shorts, torn blue jeans, and muscle shirts are not considered appropriate. Clothes bearing vulgar language or graphics are prohibited.


Ballroom dancing calls for two people to be in close proximity, so attention to basic grooming is a must. You should be reasonably clean and free of obvious dirt, grease or repulsive odor.

Dance Floor Behavior:

Make an effort to move with the line of dance for those dances that move around the room. If you are not moving with the line of dance, then dance more to the center of the floor so others might move in line of dance more easily. Avoid bumping or crashing into others on the dance floor. If a bump occurs, apologize, and move on. Leaders, if you are dancing with a new partner, keep in mind the level and ability of your partner as you lead your partner around the floor so that you both enjoy the dance. Try to use proper ballroom frame and position on the floor for respect and comfort of your partner. Leaders, it is polite to walk your partner back to her seat after the dance and thank your follow for the dance.

Table Behavior:

No food or beverages are allowed on the dance floor. If you have a spill or drop some food, please clean it immediately and ask a Board Member for assistance if you need help. Excessively loud, boisterous or otherwise inappropriate behavior interferes with other dancers' enjoyment of the event and is not acceptable. If you believe someone is intoxicated, please alert a Board Member so that we can help them get home safely.


Avoid using foul language at all times. If your partner is not your significant other or spouse, avoid sexually graphic jokes, sexual innuendo, and solicitous comments to a member of the opposite sex, even if it is meant in a light hearted manner.


If something occurs at a USA Dance sponsored event you are concerned about, immediately register your concern with a Board Member. If the concern is regarding a particular Board Member, please take your concern to another Board Member who is not involved with the action or circumstances precipitating your concern.


The Board will investigate and review concerns and incidents. Then the Board will make any appropriate recommendation(s) and take action as deemed necessary, fair, and appropriate.

(Updated August 2009)