The opportunity to bust the dance moves you've always dreamed of - without judgement, cramped dance floors or fear of sleazy characters in the corner? Well, you could always do it in your living room, but far more enjoyable is No Lights No Lycra. NLNL, as it's known by its devoted regulars, is a ninety minute dance jam that takes place in a darkened dance hall every Thursday.
The event's Facebook page informs us that NLNL is "a daggy, non-pretentious place to completely be yourself". To this end, dancers are asked not to dance in groups or talk while the music is playing. It's also an alcohol and drug free event, keeping the focus solely on the tricky business of getting down.
Despite these rules, or perhaps because of them, NLNL maintains a remarkably friendly, positive and often euphorically silly vibe. On any given night you're equally likely to hear cheers and excited applause at the opening strains of (what else) Bruce Springsteen's "Dancing in the Dark," or make out the shapes of people pulling out their most leonine moves to "In The Hall of the Mountain King".
Fancy yourself as a bit of a DJ? Turn up often enough and no doubt you'll be encouraged to submit a playlist. Regulars take turns programming the music, resulting in delightfully eccentric soundtracks that range from Kanye to Tchaikovsky and the Sex Pistols to Mariah Carey.
While most attendees simply wear casual clothes, the "no lycra" rule isn't strictly adhered to. A bottle of water is a must, though (you can refill at the venue) as there's a decent chance you'll be panting on the floor once 90 minutes is up. At $5 a session, it may just be the cheapest aerobic workout around - though of course you bring your own moves.
No Lights No Lycra currently kicks off at 7pm on Thursday nights and runs through until 8.30. It's worth noting that dancing in the dark ain't so easy when it's 37 degrees and the sun hasn't set, so the starting time changes seasonally. Check the Facebook page for any changes as well as notifications of special events.