Claire White, Entertainment Correspondent
Launching in New York in 2006, Dance Dance Party Party quickly became popular across the United States, spreading rapidly to Canada, Austria, England and even Korea before finally arriving here in Edinburgh this month.
The concept was developed by New Yorkers Glennis McMurray and Marcy Girt – two friends who loved going out with the girls, but were not so keen on the constant pestering from men, the cost of a good night out and not to mention the word we all dread after a night out – hangovers!
It was in their search to find a way to avoid these irritations that Dance Dance Party Party was born.
Dance Dance Party Party has three simple rules – No Boys. No Booze. No Judgement.
Dance Dance Party Party is a women-only freestyle dance session where women of all ages can dance away their troubles in a dimmed room to a variety of music. There are no men, no alcohol, nobody to judge you for your dance skills (or lack of) and better still, no hangovers and no regrets. You may even find yourself leaving with new friends and maybe even weight loss – what more could a girl want?
After noticing an article in the Guardian, Rachel Furlong, co-founder of Edinburgh’s Dance Dance Party Party discovered via Facebook that she wasn’t the only one interested in setting up a class here in Edinburgh and consequently Dance Dance Party Party arrived with a bang in Edinburgh on September 7th.
Rachel explains the Dance Dance Party Party experience in Edinburgh;
‘The basic idea is that we have a playlist of groovy music to get everyone dancing and then we go for it! Banging tunes, crazy dancing and full on fitness fun. It’s a bit like when your favourite song comes on the radio and you dance around your bedroom like a mad thing… except this is for an hour and we have disco lights so it’s even more fun!’
Talking of the best track’s to get everyone moving Rachel says, ‘I think some of the pop classics like Beyonce always get people moving. We start off with a warm-up track to get everyone in the mood, for instance, last week it was the Scissor Sisters.’
There is no limit to the range of music played and anyone can get involved by putting together a playlist for the night. Tracks can include anything from 50’s music to indie, pop and hip hop –any song that gets you moving is acceptable!
Despite having only run for a couple of weeks, the classes have already proved popular and there is potential to expand across Edinburgh in the near future.
There is no need to worry about being “too old” or not “good” enough to attend a Dance Dance Party Party class as there are no restrictions on age, or fitness and there are no set “steps” or instructions – just dance and bop along at your own pace!
If you want to join in the fun at a Dance Dance Party Party class get yourself down to the Media Education Centre at 183 Dalry Road from 7pm every Wednesday for just £3 and we’ll see you there!