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How to Become a DanceSafe Volunteer

Welcome to How to Become a DanceSafe Volunteer!

About DanceSafe

DanceSafe is a 501(c)(3) public health organization promoting health and safety within the nightlife and electronic music community. Founded in the San Francisco Bay Area in 1998 by Emanuel Sferios, DanceSafe quickly grew into a national organization with chapters in cities across North America.

DanceSafe has two fundamental operating principles: harm reduction and peer-based, popular education. Combining these two principles has enabled us to create successful, peer-based educational programs to reduce drug misuse and empower young people to make healthy, informed lifestyle choices. We are known for bringing adulterant screening (a.k.a., “pill testing,” “drug checking”) to the rave and nightlife community in the U.S., and for distributing unbiased educational literature describing the effects and risks associated with the use of various drugs. We also started the only publicly accessible laboratory analysis program for ecstasy in North America, currently hosted and managed by Erowid at EcstasyData.org. We neither condone nor condemn drug use. Rather, we provide a non-judgmental perspective to help support people who use drugs in making informed decisions about their health and safety.

On the ground, DanceSafe Volunteers can be observed providing the following services:

  • Safe spaces to engage in conversations about health, drug use, and personal safety;
  • Free water and electrolytes to prevent dehydration and heatstroke;
  • Free safe sex tools to avoid unwanted pregnancies and the spread of STIs;
  • Free ear plugs to prevent hearing loss;
  • Honest, fact-based, unbiased information on drug effects and potential harms to empower users to make informed decisions;
  • Nonjudgmental first-point of contact to risky or challenging situations;
  • Drug checking services to prevent overdose and death; and
  • Collaboration with promoters and local stakeholders to advocate for safety first approaches.

We currently have local chapters throughout the U.S., Canada, and slowly, but surely, Europe. Our local chapters consist of individuals from within the dance culture who have a sincere interest in ensuring the health and safety of their communities and educating themselves and their peers. We train our volunteers to be health educators and drug abuse prevention counselors within their own communities, utilizing the principles and methods of harm reduction and popular education.

About the DanceSafe Training Program Module 1: How to Become a DanceSafe Volunteer

The DanceSafe Training Program allows us to train new volunteers (for free) at a distance - in the US or abroad. The course is designed to provide future DanceSafers a consistent baseline of knowledge from which they will grow as harm reduction peer-educators. The most successful individuals will come with a nonjudgmental attitude, a willingness to learn, and a sincere interest in giving back to and looking out for the health and safety of the electronic music and nightlife communities.

During this course, you will learn everything you need to know before stepping into a DanceSafe booth. The course is comprised of the following sessions:

DanceSafe Training Program Orientation

Module 1: How to Become a DanceSafe Volunteer | Session 1: The Basics of Harm Reduction

Module 1: How to Become a DanceSafe Volunteer | Session 2: Introduction to DanceSafe

Module 1: How to Become a DanceSafe Volunteer | Session 3: Acting as a DanceSafe Peer Educator

Module 1: How to Become a DanceSafe Volunteer | Session 4: The Basics of Harm Reduction(Part 2)

Module 1: How to Become a DanceSafe Volunteer | Session 5: Drug Education and Harm Reduction

Module 1: How to Become a DanceSafe Volunteer | Session 6: Drug Checking

Module 1: How to Become a DanceSafe Volunteer | Session 7: Recognizing an Emergency

After you complete the course, you will be presented with two options. If you live near a current chapter, you will be placed with them. If not, you will be connected to leadership to start the discussion of how to start a chapter in your area.

If you have any questions, concerns, comments, and/or feedback throughout the course, you can send them to kristin@dancesafe.org.


Your Instructor


Kristin Karas
Kristin Karas

Kristin Karas is the Director of Programs at DanceSafe, a public health nonprofit that promotes health and safety within the electronic music and nightlife communities. Since the beginning of her involvement, she has provided outreach at events such as TomorrowWorld, Gem and Jam, Lightening in a Bottle, EDC Las Vegas, and Imagine Music Festival. Additionally, she has presented at the 2016 National Harm Reduction Conference in San Diego and worked hard to revamp and create new programs for DanceSafe. Prior to her involvement with DanceSafe, Kristin also founded the Students for Sensible Drug Policy chapter on East Carolina’s campus and participated in the Model United Nations General Assembly Second Session hosted at the International Drug Policy Reform Conference in 2015. These experiences coupled with her work with the North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition, Pitt County Coalition on Substance Abuse, and Insomniac’s Ground Control Team allow her to bring a background in both harm reduction and drug policy to the conversation.


Class Curriculum


  DanceSafe Training Program Orientation and Pre-Test
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  Module 1: How to Become a DanceSafe Volunteer | Session 1: The Basics of Harm Reduction
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  Module 1: How to Become a DanceSafe Volunteer | Session 2: Introduction to DanceSafe
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  Module 1: How to Become a DanceSafe Volunteer | Session 3: Acting as a DanceSafe Peer Educator
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  Module 1: How to Become a DanceSafe Volunteer | Session 4: The Basics of Harm Reduction (Part 2)
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  Module 1: How to Become a DanceSafe Volunteer | Session 5: Drug Education and Harm Reduction
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  Module 1: How to Become a DanceSafe Volunteer | Session 6: Drug Checking
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  Module 1: How to Become a DanceSafe Volunteer | Session 7: Recognizing an Emergency
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Frequently Asked Questions


How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
If you are unsatisfied with the course, contact kristin@dancesafe.org to express your concern.
I completed "__________" but the progress bar hasn't moved. What's wrong?
Did you click the "Complete and Continue" button? If not, that is most likely the reason. Overall, the progress bar is there for you if you would like to use it to track your progress. In the end, you just need to make sure that at a bare minimum you took the pre-test, reviewed all the materials, and took the post-test. If you do those three things, you have completed the program.
Am I a DanceSafe Volunteer after I finish the program?
Not yet! There are a few extra steps. After you complete the program, you must read the DanceSafe Volunteer Manual and sign the DanceSafe Volunteer Agreement. Then, if you live near a chapter, you must shadow a veteran volunteer a number of times before you are considered an official DanceSafe Volunteer. The number of times you are required to shadow before becoming a volunteer will be determined chapter by chapter. If you do not live near a DanceSafe Chapter, additional requirements will be discussed when you contact leadership expressing interest in starting a new chapter.

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