The Daily Telegraph Sydney

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DANCERS who want to let loose without being judged are flocking to a church hall in Newtown for an event called No Lights No Lycra.

The event was started in Melbourne, before being brought to Sydney just over a year ago by ambassadors Ash Maher and Jodie Fisher.

The event provides a space where people can come and escape that sense of judgment many face a lot of the time, Ms Maher said.

“We do live in an image-focused society and it’s that selfie culture. We’ve created a space where people can escape that and not worry about what people are thinking and they can just dance for the fun of it,” she said.

“You don’t have to be able to dance — it’s just about free movement. No Lights No Lycra allows people to have that experience of where you get to on the dance floor at 4am on a Saturday night and it’s great to watch people letting loose sober on a Thursday night.”

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The range of music played on the night is diverse, including hip hop, techno, rock and roll, current hits, diva tunes from Kylie Minogue, Beyonce, Madonna or Rihanna as well as up and coming Sydney and Australian artists — and changes every week.

 

“It’s important that anyone can walk into the room and have a song that they connect with and love,” Ms Maher said.

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But there is no rule that people can’t rock up wearing Lycra, it is merely a metaphor for the experience in that is not a formal dance class, Ms Maher said.

“The concept is no lights and it’s not a dance class, so there are no mirrors or steps to learn. Sometimes people come in their suits from work or in their running shorts,” she said.

For those worried about bumping into people, Ms Maher said there eyes will adjust after a couple of songs.

Ms Fisher, 24, said it was a privilege to see people so happy after dancing for an hour and said the neighbours were particularly amazing to allow the event flourish.

The ambassadors are planning a third night for the event, which is also held in Bondi on Mondays and collaborations this year.