Help Support Honest, Fact-Based Drug Education and Awareness!

With a mission to promote health and safety in the electronic music community, we need money for new programming, summer outreach efforts, and supplies!
Dance Safe
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Denver, Colorado
United States
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About DanceSafe

DanceSafe is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit public health organization whose mission is to promote health and safety within the electronic music community. In the U.S., DanceSafe is one of a kind. Since 1999, we have been the only national nonprofit providing honest, fact-based drug information and outreach services to young people at raves, clubs, and music festivals.

DanceSafe embraces harm reduction and peer education as guiding principles. We also employ standards and guidelines for best practices as set forth by similar organizations in Europe, where a public health approach to drug use is the norm. Our aim is to establish a similar widespread acceptance for harm reduction as an evidence-based public health practice in North America.

Globally, electronic music is the fastest growing youth culture. Today’s electronic music community is today’s youth. With the ever-increasing popularity of electronic music, and with EDM as the pop culture of the new generation, the need for DanceSafe’s services is at an all-time high.

Drug-Related Deaths and 'Zero Tolerance'

How can we expect young people to make responsible decisions about drug use without the proper tools, resources, and education? Following some recent tragedies across the U.S. and globally, attention has shifted towards providing harm reduction services in the electronic music community. Despite 'zero tolerance' drug policies, many young people choose to use drugs, and while all drug users are at-risk for abuse and addiction, most remain non-problematic, recreational users. Yet because of zero tolerance drug policies, these users are often deprived of the education they need to make informed decisions and stay safe. 

It is morally and medically negligent to not address drug use or provide an individual with resources that could potentially save their life. Rather than banning music festivals and closing down nightclubs (which doesn't stop drug use), these events provide a unique opportunity to reach out to today's youth where they gather. Even if the music industry were to disappear tomorrow, drug use will not. Experimentation and use will simply be forced into ‘underground’ spaces with no oversight or mechanism for support, increasing the risk of medical emergencies, overdoses, and deaths.

Volunteers and Chapters

DanceSafe is by and for the electronic music community!  We are comprised of dedicated volunteers from the electronic music community who have a sincere interest in helping others. Volunteers serve as a resource, advocate, and peer educator for the rest of their community. They decrease barriers to addressing drug use and encourage others to make informed decisions about their health. DanceSafe volunteers set up harm reduction booths at events to provide FREE essential outreach services such as:

• Health, Safety, and Drug Information

• Water

• Earplugs

• Condoms and Lube

• Sunscreen

• Drug Checking (aka "pill testing")

• Cool-Down Areas

• Safe Spaces (for users having non-emergency but negative drug experiences)

• Referrals 

In addition to on-site outreach, many chapter liaisons and volunteers around the nation work with city and county officials, law enforcement, academic institutions, other nonprofits, local businesses, promoters, event organizers, and club owners to spearhead safer nightlife initiatives in their own local communities. With fidelity to a community-based public health approach, our volunteers are also involved in the development, implementation, and evaluation of services and overall messaging. 

DanceSafe's Impact

Over the past few years, the need for our services has increased drastically, and we have doubled our number of outreach events. In 2013 alone, we distributed approximately 65,000 of our drug information cards. In Fall 2013, we were awarded the prestigious Dr. Andrew Weil Award for Achievement in the Field of Drug Education at the International Drug Policy Reform Conference, which has given us momentum for the year ahead. We anticipate 2014 to be our biggest year yet!

Last September, DanceSafe set-up at TommorrowWorld, which was the largest event DanceSafe has ever been integrated into, to-date, with an overall attendance of 140,000! We had over 10,000 booth visitors and through our mobile outreach team, an additional 7,000 healthful interactions with event attendees.  Total, we distributed:

● 16,000 Drug Information Cards

● 15,000 Earplugs

● 5,000 Condoms

● 600 Gallons of Water

● 180 FL OZ. of Sunscreen

Your Funding Will Support...

We are experiencing organizational growth and focusing efforts on continuing education and sustainability. We have assessed the needs and assets of our community and developed a new training program for our volunteers.  Money raised will be used to implement and evaluate the NEW training program! Additionally, we need money to expand our volunteer base and engage in NEW chapter development as we continue to grow at a similar pace as the industry. Finally, funds from this campaign will help us with many of the supplies listed above and help support our travels to and from events! 


You have the choice of many amazing perks from some of our amazing supporters to accompany your donation! To learn more about our supporters and friends, visit their websites!

·  Swag from our allies at Drug Policy Alliance (DPA), Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP) and The AMPLIFY Project, and Zendo Project (MAPS)

·  Golden Grain Designs

·  Ear Love

·  Sprayground

·  Grassroots California

·  PlunderFest

·  Bicycle Day Weekend with Alex Grey

·  Electric Forest

·  Disco Donnie Presents

·  The Crystal Method and Electronic Music Alliance (EMA)

Other Ways You Can Support DanceSafe

Even if you are unable to donate money at this time, you can still help support DanceSafe by letting others know about our campaign and spreading the word!  Sharing DanceSafe’s campaign with your friends via Facebook and Twitter is easy. Just use Indiegogo’s share tools!

*Special thanks to Papa Skunk for providing the track!
Road to Austin // Papa Skunk Music

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  • $20USD
    Ally Sticker Pack

    Stickers from each one of our allies and DS- including Drug Policy Alliance, Students for Sensible Drug Policy, Zendo Project

    11 out of 500 claimed
    Estimated delivery: July 2014
  • $30USD
    DanceSafe Logo Pin

    DanceSafe Logo Pin / Black & Gold Metal DS logo, perfect for your fitted and snapback hats! [includes pin backs]

    6 out of 250 claimed
    Estimated delivery: July 2014
  • $40USD
    DS Drug Card Set & H2O Bottle

    1 of each of the 16 DanceSafe drug info cards and 1 DanceSafe / Nalgene H2O Bottle [BPA Free, Tritian OTG, Green]

    5 out of 100 claimed
    Estimated delivery: July 2014
  • $50USD
    Golden Grain DanceSafe Sticker

    Golden Grain Designs are quality woodcraft creations specializing in hardwood displays, laser engraving, and sacred geometry in the second and third dimensions. Check out their FB-

    6 out of 35 claimed
    Estimated delivery: July 2014
  • $75USD
    DanceSafe 'TEST IT!' Shirt

    1 DanceSafe 'TEST IT!' Shirt (Adult Med. or Large) & 1 DanceSafe 'TEST IT!' Sticker

    1 out of 200 claimed
    Estimated delivery: July 2014
  • $75USD
    'NO MORE DRUG WAR' T-Shirt

    1 Drug Policy Alliance ' No More Drug War' Shirt (Adult Med. or Large)

    1 out of 100 claimed
    Estimated delivery: July 2014
  • $100USD
    DanceSafe's Earlove Plugs

    1 Pair of DanceSafe's Earlove Reusable Earplugs!! These reusable earplugs are a must have for anyone that attends loud concerts or festivals. Protect your hearing because once it's gone it doesn't come back!

    2 out of 100 claimed
    Estimated delivery: July 2014
  • $150USD
    DanceSafe Complete Testing Kit

    All 4 DanceSafe Testing Reagents 1 Marquis Reagent [white] 1 Mecke Reagent [red] 1 Mandelin Reagent [blue] 1 Simons Reagent [yellow & green]

    4 out of 100 claimed
    Estimated delivery: July 2014
  • $200USD
    Ally Swag Bag

    1- Zendo Hoorag 1- Zendo Training 2- “Screw the Drug War” condoms 10- “Know Your Rights” cards 10- Good Samaritan Policy Cards 10- SSDP Bookmarks 10- DPA Magnets 10- DPA Info brochures 10- DPA Ally newsletters

    0 out of 50 claimed
    Estimated delivery: July 2014
  • $250USD
    Sprayground / DanceSafe Collab

    1 NEW Sprayground backpack filled with special DanceSafe & Friends swag!

    0 out of 9 claimed
    Estimated delivery: July 2014
  • $300USD
    DanceSafe / GRC Hat

    DanceSafe / Grassroots California Hat 2 Styles - Snapback or Fitted Both styles are black, made with hemp fabric, the inside features DanceSafe's testing kit color chart! Snapback features are accented with fluorescent or safety green brim; embroidered DanceSafe logo on the front. Fitted features DanceSafe's classic yellow & black logo pattern on the front right side of hat. Disclaimer: Early donators get first choice of hat style or size

    0 out of 200 claimed
    Estimated delivery: July 2014
  • $500USD
    Ultimate Supporter Pack

    5- DanceSafe Stickers 1- DanceSafe / Nalgene H2O Bottle 1- DanceSafe / Earlove Plugs 1- DanceSafe Marquis Reagent Test Kit 1- DanceSafe T-Shirt

    0 out of 50 claimed
    Estimated delivery: July 2014
  • $700USD
    Plunderfest 2014 Tickets

    2 GA Tickets for Plunderfest July 25th- 27th 2014 located in Richmond, Minnesota.

    0 out of 2 claimed
    Estimated delivery: July 2014
  • $900USD
    VIP Bicycle Day

    Includes 2 VIP tickets to Bicycle Day Weekend (SF) with Alex Grey (April 19- 21) DISCLAIMER: To claim this perk, donation must be made by April 17, 2014

    0 out of 2 claimed
    Estimated delivery: April 2014
  • $1,000USD
    DanceSafe Outreach Experience

    Join DanceSafe at an event in 2014 for the Ultimate Harm Reduction Experience! This perk includes a hands on harm reduction experience where you come to an event and experience it like our we do! Includes 1 event pass and camping/or hotel accommodations.

    0 out of 20 claimed
    Estimated delivery: July 2014
  • $2,500USD
    Electric Forest 2014 Tickets

    Includes 2 tickets to one of this summers most anticipated events Electric Forest which is located in Rothbury, Michigan on the weekend of June 26th- 29th 2014!!

    0 out of 1 claimed
    Estimated delivery: June 2014
  • $3,500USD
    VIP Sun City Festival Package

    Includes 2 VIP Tickets to Sun City Music Festival in El Paso, Texas on Aug. 30- 31, 2014!! Round Trip Airfare for 2 & Hotel Accommodations!! 2013 Trailer - /

    0 out of 2 claimed
    Estimated delivery: August 2014
  • $4,500USD
    VIP Something Wicked Package

    Includes 2 VIP Tickets to Something Wicked in Houston, Texas on Oct. 24th & 25th, 2014. This Package Includes Round Trip Airfare for 2 & Hotel Accommodations!! 2013 Trailer -

    0 out of 2 claimed
    Estimated delivery: October 2014
  • $5,500USD
    VIP Crystal Method Package

    Includes 2 VIP Tickets for The Crystal Methods Summer / Fall Tour; A ‘Meet & Greet’ with the one and only The Crystal Method!! Package Includes Round Trip Airfare for 2, & Hotel Accommodations!!! This is the ultimate VIP package for any EDM lover!!

    0 out of 2 claimed
    Estimated delivery: July 2014
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