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No Lights No Lycra - Hampton

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by Ruth Henwood (subscribe)
I am a mum of two and Primary School teacher whose aim is to never be home during the midday movie. I believe that I am only ever a car trip away from an adventure.
Published December 8th 2013
Come as you are and be who you are
Have you ever had that urge to just dance, let loose, let go of all your inhibitions and dance until your sweating, tired and muscles are cramping? Have you ever had that urge but instead found yourself standing still, tapping your foot slightly to the beat or maybe going all out and swinging one hip slightly to and fro?

You certainly would not be alone. Perhaps you just don't have the right moves anymore, or you don't know where to go or what the latest music is? Perhaps your worried someone will look at you and won't think your nearly as amazing on the dance floor as you think you are. So many reasons and so many excuses but that urge doesn't disappear, not when you hear the music start to play.

So what to do? Dance in the dark of course. And no you don't have to shut the curtains, lock the door and wait for the house to empty out. Instead you can attend the brand new craze to hit Bayside - 'No Lights No Lycra' and let your moves loose. It all takes place at the Hampton Baptist church every Wednesday night where the lights are low, the windows blacked out and the playlist full of requests creates a dimly lit environment. And as the music thumps along it takes you on a wild ride with a touch of commercial, contemporary, classic tunes and all the best from the 80's, 90's and alternative. The soundtrack is as unpredictable as the next dance step your about to bring on.

No Lights No Lycra Hampton
Do you feel like dancing?

Originally formed in Melbourne in 2009 by two dance students, No Lights No Lycra (NLNL) is a global dance phenomenon which reminds us all that we can dance. However at NLNL there are no steps to master, no choreography to learn, not even a teacher to guide you. It's all about self expression and free form dancing. It sounds amazing doesn't it? Yet your still holding back...

Well here's five reasons you should and can do it. But be aware, it's addictive.

No Lights No Lycra Hampton
No room for wallflowers here

1. This is an inclusive and non judgemental environment. Any age, gender or cultural background or beliefs are welcome. The Hampton group has a lovely mix of ages and boys and girls attending and no one cares what choreography you are busting out, they are more interested in their own experience then they are in yours. This is a tricky fact to accept, particularly for the self conscious, but this is the reality of No Lights, No Lycra, you are not nearly as interesting as the music, the space and the endless possibilities available to boogie on down.

2. You can actually wear lycra unlike the name suggests. In fact you can wear whatever you want, whether it's the clothes you wore to work or a frock or even dance shoes if you wish. Come in a onesie if that's your preference. Shoes on, shoes off? Up to you. Don't fret if your sneakers aren't Asics or your leggings aren't Lorna Jane. Kmart is fine, Cotton On is great and if it's something you found at Vinnies well that's simply perfect. Feeling daggy or can't find socks that match? Just go with it! Do dress light and comfortable as you will get very warm very quickly.

3. This is is cheapest form of group exercise you may possibly ever find. Give your personal trainer a night off and for $5 you can burn off calories and get your heart rate up as high as you like and work that body of yours into a dripping sweat.This is if you want too. If it's a slow day for you, then enjoy being rhythmical and flow through the beats and melodies instead. This is by far the the most fun exercise I have tried and an hour later I could have sworn we were only half way through. It's hard to even call it exercise but my body and mind certainly were better for it the next day.

4. NLNL is everywhere. You would be a part of a dance culture being enjoyed from Brooklyn to Port Melbourne. In church halls, in sheds and in town halls, wherever the light can be dimmed and the music can be turned up that is where you will find an underground hub of happy and buzzing people. These events are all about a natural and creative rush so are completely alcohol and substance free.

5. Finally it's time to let go of inhibitions and shake out the stresses of the week with this one hour dance party. At this time of year it may just be the therapy you need. If you're not beaming with delight and smiling with joy at the end of it then next time just remember no one can see you in the dimly lit space and really lose yourself in the music, rather than just pretending too. The endorphins and creative release will hook you and trust me, you will be looking forward to this weekly highlight with glee and anticipation. Bring your friends or come alone, this is your time to be your own dancing queen!

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Why? To dance like noone is watching
When: Wednesday night 7:30-8:30
Where: Hampton Baptist Church, 136 Thomas Street
Cost: $5
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