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Lights out, it’s time for dancing – No Lights No Lycra

Residents and school children across Boroondara will dust off their dancing shoes and join in the fun when the expressive dance movement No Lights No Lycra comes to town in October.

The brainchild of self-professed unruly dance students, Alice Glenn and Heidi Barrett, No Lights No Lycra present a series of workshops and programs where participants get to experience the freedom of dancing like no one is watching in a safe environment free from judgement.

“As a former dance student, I was sick of trying to mold my body into that of my teachers or other dancers around me,” explains co- creator Alice Glenn.

“Being in an environment where mirrors and lights and performance can be very confronting, so when Heidi and I were developing No Lights No Lycra, we really just wanted to create a space where people can dance without the pressure of being watched.”

Ensuring that every No Lights No Lycra workshop and event is open and inclusive is of the up most importance to the program’s creators.

Since its humble beginnings in 2009, hundreds of No Lights No Lycra workshops have been held across Australia and the world and this year will see Boroondara listed amongst the locations.

Students from up to six local schools will be taking part in the No Lights No Lycra in Boroondara workshops aiming to promote both a healthy lifestyle and confident self- image.

“These workshops aim to provide children and young adults with a safe and fun place to explore dance without the pressures of impressing their friends or conforming to a certain look,” says Alice.

In addition to the school workshops, open session No Lights No Lycra workshops will also be held at the Hawthorn Arts Centre Basement Space, running ever Thursday from 29 October to 3 December.

The open session workshops are free for people of all ages, experience and abilities to attend.

No bookings are required, but participants are encouraged to bring a water bottle and comfortable clothing.

When: 6 to 7pm, every Thursday from 29 October to 3 December

Cost: $5 at the door

Where: Hawthorn Arts Centre Basement Space, 360 Burwood Road, rear of Hawthorn Arts Centre Building

More information visit hawthornartscentre.com.au or call 9278 4770 during business hours.