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Dancing in the dark

FREE-FORM dance movement No Lights No Lycra celebrated a decade of dancing like no one is watching at the ‘No Lights No Lycra 10th Birthday presented by Medibank’, held in capital cities across Australia.

The 10th birthday celebrations were held in Hobart on 29 July with about 40 people attending.

No Lights No Lycra Hobart ambassador Kate Harrison said the initiative was about providing people with a fun and carefree outlet to dance their troubles away.

“You dance however you want to dance – it’s dark, no one can see you,” she said.

“It’s just about enjoying yourself and not being self-conscious about the way you dance.”

No Lights No Lycra started in Hobart five years ago and is held every Monday night on the fourth floor of Studio 65.

Ms Harrison said it had a positive effect on physical and mental health.

“A lot of people use it as an active meditation, so taking away the sense of sight really allows them to get locked in the moment,” she said.

“There’s also a lot of people that come along for exercise who might not necessarily enjoy standard exercise, such as running.

“It allows people to let loose and not have to worry.”

Ms Harrison said many of the people who came to the birthday celebrations found it soul-cleansing and wanted to keep going weekly.

“I don’t think people realised how much they were going to dance,” she said.

“A lot of people were quite nervous coming along, but as soon as they walked in and saw the space all their concerns went away.

“After an hour of dancing they felt like they were part of a community, and that’s really what we’re trying to build at No Lights No Lycra.”

No Lights No Lycra co-founder Alice Glenn said she was thrilled that the movement was making such a positive difference to Australians.

“Physical inactivity and a lack of community connect are two major challenges for our society at the moment, so I am excited to have celebrated our 10-year milestone working alongside Medibank to encourage more Australians to feel happier, healthier and more connected,” she said.

No Lights No Lycra is held in Hobart every Monday from 6.45pm to 8pm on the fourth floor of Studio 65, 65 Murray Street.

Caption: Hobart locals try out dancing in the dark at the recent No Lights No Lycra 10th birthday celebration event. Photo credit: Tom Ross.

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