Code of Conduct
The goals and objectives of BDPA are many. Our number one priority is to provide a quality educational experience for our members. As we strive to set new standards with our performance excellence, our priorities are to have excellence in every aspect of our organization . With our hard work and dedication, we strive to have our performers be a positive example how they represent our organization, activity, themselves, and our community.
We are family of performers in which we all depend on one another to excel at the highest level. In order to achieve our goals, all performers must adhere to the same policies, rules, and guidelines. If we fracture as a group, we as individuals will not reach our full potential.
BDPA Board of Directors have stringent Code of Conduct Policies for our members. All members must adhere to these policies while you are in the BDPA organization and hopefully you will continue to do so throughout your life.
Drugs: BDPA organization is a 100% drug free environment and experience, including the use and/or possession of marijuana. Drugs are not to be used at rehearsals, camps, functions, on tour, or at anytime during your participation in BDPA, regardless of the age of the performer and/or the legal status of the drug in a particular location while on tour. If the policy is not adhered to, BDPA will take corrective action.
Alcohol: Alcohol is not permitted or to be used at rehearsals, camps, functions, and on any of the tours regardless of the members age.
Weapons: Dangerous weapons of any kind are strictly prohibited.
Harassment: BDPA prohibits bullying, hazing, harassment, sexual harassment, non-consensual sexual acts and/or contact (sexual assault), sexual exploitation, and stalking. It is understood that language, actions, and sexual advances that are not welcomed are inappropriate and unacceptable. This is a place where everyone can feel safe, regardless of age, gender, or orientation, and the organization will take all necessary and appropriate steps to ensure that is the case.
Language: We are judged by our every word and action. The language you use can be offensive. Profanity is not allowed at BDPA functions.
Smoking: Smoking is not allowed during your participation in BDPA. The policy is that YOU CANNOT smoke on ANY school grounds, at facilities, on buses, around vehicles, in uniform, or during meetings. You are not allowed to smoke during rehearsals or on your breaks during the length of the rehearsals.
Attitude: The attitude you bring to and develop is very important. The staff will consider your attitude as you audition. We are an organization with many people, not a specific section or individual. We are all working hard and dedicating ourselves to a common goal. In order to achieve that end, we must all have the same positive approach.
Manners: BDPA believes that how you interact with people is extremely important. We will encourage courtesy and manners. We are very fortunate to have many hard working volunteers. These people put in many long hours for no other reason than for the love of the organization. Please take the time to thank the people who make all of this possible.
Stealing: Stealing is illegal and not tolerated. Examples in the past have been taking other people shoes, plumes, uniform parts, clothing, wallets, school property, etc. These and any other offenses will be dealt with severely.
There are many high-quality groups around the country for us to enjoy and respect. One of the greatest experiences in this activity is getting to know others and watching them work as hard as we do. Learn from, and applaud, their efforts and achievements.
BDPA is a family. You will make friendships in these years that will continue long into the future. Do not overreact to things you do not have any control over. Concern yourself with your own efforts. There are many memories waiting for you – don’t cheat yourself out of them.