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No Lights No Lycra

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by Maddy Butler (subscribe)
A Sydney based writer, director, actor. Loves going out and exploring what Sydney has to offer.
Published July 15th 2012
Held on the first Thursday of every month, No Lights No Lycra (NLNL) is a cheap event where people can let go and dance like there's no tomorrow.

At 8pm the doors are closed, the music starts and the room is plunged into darkness. Snatches of light spilling in from the windows prevent anyone from bumping into each other.

At first most people dance cautiously, but there are always a few regulars who lead with some full-flung moves and by the end of the 90 minute session everyone is kicking back and enjoying themselves. This makes it not only a fun but also an exhausting workout.

Dancing in the dark
Dance like there's no one around!


The playlist combines contemporary pop with swing, 60s-80s music and Michael Jackson. People can nominate songs for the night on the group's Facebook page or by emailing nlnlsydney@gmail.com.

The night is free of the pretensions or sleaziness typical of Sydney's clubs; everyone is too busy dancing their own style to watch any one else and, after all, it's too dark!

The event dates back to 2009 in Melbourne, when two dance students, Alice Glenn and Heidi Barrett, came up with the idea. NLNL moved to Sydney in 2010 and is now worldwide, with nights being held from Berlin to Glasgow to Vancouver.

Dancing shoes
Get on your dancing shoes


At only $5 a night, NLNL is an entertaining way to pass an hour and a half and burn some fat.
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