Mobtown Ballroom Code of Coduct
The Mobtown Ballroom is a public venue, and it is intended to be a place that
sometimes puts you
outside of your comfort zone. In that sense, and in that sense only, it is
designed to be an unsafe
place. We want you to push yourself, learn new things, and meet people who will
challenge you in
whatever corner of the arts you pursue. We believe in the value of public arts’
spaces, and we believe
in the mixing of diverse groups of people that these places encourage. We
believe in humor and the
power of not taking oneself seriously. We believe that the world is
micro-managed to an annoying
degree, and that after a day of work, deadlines, TPS reports, and bosses you
should be able to unwind
in an adult environment where you can see and participate in something real.
In order to make this happen, however, we have a small list of expectations. To
put it simply, by
attending classes or events at the ballroom, you agree not to be a tool.
- This environment is for everyone regardless of gender/gender identity, race,
orientation, disability, physical appearance, religion, or whatever. We do not
harassment of any kind. If you harass someone you may be asked to leave; you
kicked out for life. It is at our discretion. So don’t do it.
- In keeping with the above, don’t use racist, misogynist, homophobic,
transphobic, or ableist
language. It’s not only wrong, it’s embarrassing and in bad taste. Anyone who
language of this kind may be asked to leave, or banned.
- Don’t treat the ballroom like a pick-up joint. If you engage in this kind of
behavior and make
our patrons uncomfortable, we will take extreme pleasure in escorting you to
- For many of our customers, the Ballroom is the locus of their friend groups
and social life.
This is part of our overall goal, and we think it’s beautiful. That being said,
does not belong to any one person more than it does to any other person. The
hard to ensure that all of you have fun and thrive as human beings. We expect
to understand that the Ballroom does not constitute their “turf” or a pool of
people for them
to cycle through dating. We expect our regulars to treat both newcomers and
as people and dancers, not as potential dates. Rejection happens. Don’t ask
if you can’t be respectful after being turned down. Break ups happen. Don’t
at the Ballroom if you can’t respectfully share the space after a break up.
responsibility of our regular customers to ensure that the Ballroom is an
people feel free from coercion, bigotry, discrimination, and bullying.
- Whether you’re dancing, playing music, or finger painting, do not offer
unsolicited advice to
your fellow students. In our experience the people who do this are usually
- Generally behave like an adult human being. We welcome every lifestyle and
of person. But this isn’t your living room or a house party: Back-rub chains,
and the like will make the staff uncomfortable. Please take pity on the
The Ballroom staff deeply believes that it is best for the business and the
world if staff, performers, and
patrons are held to the standards above. Within the scope of these caveats, do
your thing. Should you
have any harassment-related complaints, the staff will willingly and
enthusiastically hear and act on
your complaints however you see fit. Nevertheless, it takes a kind of cultural
agreement to make a
community safe and fun. We strongly urge you, when it is safe to do so, to take
it upon yourself to
speak up if you witness something destructive or demeaning. While the social
risks of speaking up
may feel high, your willingness to speak up can help create an environment of
positive social pressure
that it’s impossible for the management to generate single-handedly.
Our goal in this context is to move as far as possible towards creating a
culture that eliminates these
issues rather than dwells on them. With that in mind, should someone raise an
issue with your
behavior, listen gracefully and be willing to learn. Hostility in response to
criticism is generally a sign
that the criticism itself was not misplaced. In addition, when making
complaints, please be conscious
that it is not our job to create an environment where no one will ever rub you
the wrong way.
Harassment is one thing; personal issues are another. Be an adult.
Regardless of the severity, please feel free to bring your harassment-related
concerns to any member
of the ballroom staff (Michael or Sarah). We will treat these issues
with the strictest
confidentiality. Your courage in coming forward can keep incidents from being
repeated. If you are not
sure whether an incident constitutes harassment, feel free to ask the staff’s
opinion. If we don’t know,
we will find out. Please see our policy and procedure (below) for more
information about how issues
Policies and Procedures
What you can expect if you bring an issue to the staff:
- An initial conversation with the staff member away from other
- Complete confidentiality (unless we are sure that someone is in
- The staff member will fill out an internal and confidential incident report
(description of the event).
- You will be asked how you would like the situation to be handled.
- If the incident involves a violation of the Ballroom’s Code of Conduct, the
accused will be handled/not
handled in one of the following ways: watched but not approached (we keep an
eye on them), spoken
to about their behavior, kicked out, banned, or reported to the police. None of
these actions will be
taken without the approval of the complainant, unless it is a matter of
- If desired, the complainant will be directed to local resources and
Our Responsibilities and Limitations
As business owners we can and will involve ourselves in all of the
listed above, particularly if they occur on the premises. We cannot, however,
get involved in
interpersonal issues and feuds. Furthermore, it is important for complainants
to understand that, while
we take action on issues of harassment, we cannot act as a personal support
network, we are not
trained therapists or social workers, and we need to spend the bulk of our time
running the business.
We serve booze. We want you to drink our booze. We cannot and will not serve
you if you appear
intoxicated. By coming to the Mobtown Ballroom, you agree to never drive a car
under the influence.
We will gladly call you a cab. Underage drinking at the ballroom will of course
not be tolerated, and will
result in immediate and permanent expulsion from the venue. Underage
intoxication of any kind
(regardless of where the liquor was consumed) will have the same effect.
Providing alcohol to a minor
is illegal (and often a form of harassment). If you do this, you will likewise
be banned for life. Baltimore
City law does not permit any outside containers. We are deadly serious about
To avoid any potential issues, we recommend that everyone seriously consider
their own relationship
with alcohol. We are followers of Dionysus ourselves, and think that a little
evening fermentation is one
of the finer things in life, but we are aware that many people have issues with
alcohol. If you’re a
different (perhaps less appropriate or decent) person under the influence, then
steer clear. We’ll serve
you all the soda you want.
The Mobtown Ballroom is in the city—Baltimore City, to be exact. Please have
respect for the
surrounding residential areas and keep noise to a minimum. Yuck it up inside as
much as you would
like. Parking is limited during stadium events. Pay attention to all posted
signs. Finally, if you are
leaving late at night and would like a walk to your car, talk to any staff
member and we’d be happy to
arrange it for you. We do it because we love.