Where: Kincumber Neighbourhood Centre
When: Every Tuesday of the School Term
Time: 5.30pm to 6.30pm
Cost: $10 per person
Please call Rachel on 0416 143 640 to book your place
WHAT IS NO LIGHTS NO LYCRA?�
NLNL is a weekly lights-off chance to dance in the dark for the pure joy of dancing. It’s a place to shake out the stresses of the week, let go of your inhibitions and completely be yourself. It occurs in over 75 locations around the world, Central Coast sessions are on Tuesdays 5:30 - 6:30pm. Just $10 on the door!
WHAT KIND OF MUSIC IS IT?�
We aim for a little bit of everything. From swing, to dance, to pop, to folk, to rock, to hip hop, to soul, to super cheesy top 40. We like dance floor classics, we like weird things we've never heard before. You'll hate some of it, but you'll love a lot of it. It varies week to week, so if you’re not sure after your first time, be sure to try a second. And you can always sit out for a song or step-tap on the spot if anything doesn't take your fancy-it's not like anyone will see you.
CAN I REQUEST MY FAVOURITE TRACK?�
Yes! All of our playlists are made of requests from community members. If you have a track you want played, just post on the FB page the weekend prior to the session you’re attending. We try our best to fit in a few requests each week.
HOW DARK IS IT?�
It's light enough so that you can see the silhouettes of people around you, but dark enough so that you can't make out their features. In the summer months it will be lighter. We aim for a sweet spot between creating a foolproof judgement-free space, and safety!
IT SOUNDS LIKE IT COULD BE CREEPY. IS IT CREEPY?�
Nope. NLNL is a drug, alcohol and douchebag free zone. While it is dark, NLNL is for dancing on your own, so people dance independently and it's completely non-contact - there isn't any direct physical interaction between people.
DO PEOPLE GO ON THEIR OWN?�
Heaps of people do! It’s up to you if you come with mates or not. Regardless, once the music starts everyone finds room on the dance floor to dance independently. Attending alone is totally normal, welcomed and even encouraged!
WHATS WITH NO LYCRA?�
When NLNL started in 2009, it was born out of the desire of two rebellious Australian dance students to quit critiquing themselves in the mirror and start dancing for the joy of dancing again. So off came the skin-tight spandex and off went the lights. While the 'No Lights' is a given, wearing lycra is actually totally okay.
SO WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?�
Whatever makes you feel comfortable to dance in - sweat pants, bike shorts, your office attire, or a one-piece full-sequined leotard. The only rule is that you do need to wear clothes and shoes.
DO PEOPLE TALK?�
Our sessions are strictly a talk-free zone – this might seem strange to begin with, but it’s pivotal for getting lost in yourself and lost in the music. Besides, the music is loud and people are there to dance, so the most verbal activity that happens is the whooping and cheering between songs.
CAN WE USE OUR PHONES DURING THE SESSION TO SHAZAM/TEXT OUR MATES/INSTAGRAM/CHECK THE TIME?�
Nope! No matter how dark or subtle you think you’re being with your phone – it’s really bright, and it disturbs the magic of the darkness for everyone else, so make sure it’s hidden away where we can’t see it. We aim to start on time every week and never go past the allocated time, so you don’t need to check the time. Also, we post the playlists here every week, so no need to Shazam! Use this opportunity to turn it off and shut out the rest of the world – this is time for YOU!
ARE FITBITS OKAY? I WANT TO COUNT MY STEPS!�
If you want to use your Fitbit, please ensure that any lights on it are either covered up or disabled. The light they give off is super bright in the dark and distracting to others when lost in the moment. Alternatively, pop it in your pocket or bra for the duration of the session.
WHY WOULD I GO IF I'M NOT A SHY DANCER?�
Because the darkness creates a certain kind of magic that forces you to forget about what you or the people around you look like, so that your brain can shut off and your body can move with the beat. Stay for a session and we guarantee by the end you'll be in a dancing zone that you've never been before!
IS IT A BIT OF SCENE? WHO GOES TO THIS THING?�
Totally not a scene. There's generally a good mix of ages, genders, bodies, abilities, backgrounds, and dance styles. This is a safe space for everyone, including the LGBTQI community, people with culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, and people with disabilities (we also honour companion cards). We've had all ages attend. The beauty of the dark is that it doesn't really matter. If you want to be there, then you belong!
WHAT IF I HATE IT?�You won't. But if it turns out that it's not your thing, no worries at all, you're welcome
to leave at any point and no one will notice anyway.
WHAT IF I LOVE IT?�Then you can come every week, for the rest of your life.