Code of Conduct

Our community runs on respect. Let’s work together to make our dances a safe, welcoming, and enjoyable space for everyone!

Safe Space

Hofstad Hop is dedicated to providing a safe space for everyone, no matter their gender, race, sexual orientation, age, ability, sexual orientation, physical appearance, religion or any other personal characteristic.

Code of Conduct

All attendees and staff are subject to our code of conduct.

We have a zero tolerance policy on harassment be it racist, sexist, homophobic or transphobic abuse, unwanted sexual attention or sexual assault.

Drug use or being under the influence of drugs is prohibited at our venues.

If the code of conduct is breached we reserve the right to remove the participant from current and future events.

Our Team

Members of our team can be found at every dance. You can easily identify us by our “Hofstad Hop” pins.

We have a care team: Merel, Anne, and Marc. If you experience any issue or concern you want to address, please come and find us. This might include unsafe experiences on or off the dance floor, or situations in which you or others have been made to feel uncomfortable. Your concerns will be taken seriously and treated confidentially. If necessary or desired, our care team member will discuss possible courses of action with you. Contact any organiser if you need help in locating us.

Let’s dance!

Asking someone to dance

We encourage anyone to ask anyone to dance. Anyone can respond with ‘no, thank you.’ An explanation is never required.

We believe that dance roles are unrelated to gender. Don’t assume that someone dances a certain role just based on appearances. To have clear communication when asking someone to dance, it’s good to state your preferred role or ask. For example: “Hey, would you mind leading in this dance?” ”Hi, would you like to dance the next song? Would you prefer to lead or follow?”


While dancing you invite people into your personal space and enter other people’s personal space.

While there is always some risk associated with any physical activity, we are committed to preventing injuries before they happen. Unsafe dancing is any movement that puts anyone at an increased risk of physical injury.

Social dances are not the time or place for aerials. Please save these for competitions or jam circles with the consent of your partner.

Be aware of the space around you and account for this in the moves you do. If you should bump into anyone, check-in with them and offer an apology.

Be considerate of others

Good hygiene can make dancing more comfortable for everyone, so bring a change of clothes, deodorant & mints if you need them.

Our classes and social dances are not the place for unsolicited feedback. This is reserved for teachers or when your partner explicitly asks for it.


Our workshop instructors are selected for a variety of reasons including skill, awareness of community safety concerns, and inclusive and accountable teaching methods.

We look forward to dancing with you!

Internal Care Team SOP

Internal care team is not the same as event staff. Any concerns brought to a staff member should be directed to a care team member present. Our current care team members are Merel, Anne & Marc.