A Melbourne based writer who is a travel junkie, dedicated foodie and emerging photographer.
Published January 21st 2014
Leave your self consciousness at home
When my partner Dave tells me he has a surprise arranged for me, I am a little concerned. So it is with some trepidation I set off into the city late on a Saturday afternoon. But I should trust Dave's judgement more - his surprise was fantastic, a really wonderful fun thing to do!!
It was an hour of 'silent disco' with Guru Dudu. If you're not familiar with the concept of silent disco, it involves you and the others in the group (about 10 in the group we were in) being wirelessly connected to a sound system via headphones. The sound system is pumping out great dance music that automatically gets your toes tapping and your head bobbing. Of course, it is only those people with the headphones who can hear the music, not the other people around you.
Guru Dudu in action, photo from his website
And so you go on an hour's jive, through (in our case) Southbank and Federation Square, bopping all the way, while others look on with a range of reactions, from mild amusement, to genuine interest, to 'let me get away from these crazy people as soon as I can!'.
Guru Dudu also gives some commentary or suggestions via a radio microphone. For example, he might say, 'look at that man in the blue shirt and copy everything he does'. (This is directed to some innocent bystander enjoying a drink in a bar.) And soon the man in the blue shirt is getting into the swing of things and taking on the role of 'dance leader'. Hilarious!
Getting into the swing of it! Photo from Guru Dudu's website.