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Top five: Let yourself go!

27 March 2013 Rachel Ridge

What with early evening raves, silent disco freak-outs and euphoric improvisation classes popping up all over the capital, it's time to get footloose and fancy free!

When was the last time you really let loose? I’m talking the kind you only do behind closed doors - throwing shapes – writhing around the floor - dancing like no one’s watching – serious dad moves! We at London Calling have been exploring more extreme measures to keep spirits up and let go of some stress! Whether it’s raving your way to euphoria in ‘no boys allowed’ freestyle dance sessions or Silent Disco freakouts at the Science Museum, events are popping up everywhere offering wonderfully wild ways to unwind whilst grabbing that extra bit of body heat! And it seems the benefits of dancing like a crazy person are endless, according to experts not only can it reduce the chance of heart disease and dementia but all that bumping and grinding gets a large dose of endorphins pumping through your veins too! Instil some much-needed relaxation in your body by unleashing the beast in our top five ways to let yourself go!

 

Dance Dance Party Party

The tagline - No Boys. No Booze. No Judgment. No Talking - sums up this wild affair nicely! Dance Dance Party Party have trailblazed their women’s only freestyling, footloose sessions across New York, Toronto, Vancouver, Austin and Chicago, now arriving on our shores determined to shake some rhythm into our weary souls. Leave your inhibitions at the door and enter a dark room; here you can rave yourself sweaty to the Chemical Brothers or float to the tones of Florence and the Machine. With the chance to spin your magic on the DJ decks, DDPP sounds basically like clubbing but at 7:30pm and without the lecherous males slurring not-so-sweet nothings in your ear. Come down to this aerobic/dance/clubbing revolution and make some new friends as you go!

Silent Disco, Science Museum Lates

Late openings have become a permanent fixture on the cultural venue hotspot scene of late. However, it’s the Science Museum who have come along and well and truly thrown a spanner in the works offering up one of our favourite pastimes – The Silent Disco! On the last Wednesday of every month, the hub of all things science will open after hours and invite you to strut your funky stuff to songs of your choosing. God bless the genius down at Science Museum HQ who decided to combine museums and cocktails, conjuring up an event likely to make you feel you’re on a school trip that’s gotten pretty out of control! Grab a headset, select your tunes and you’re on your way; just keep in mind the  disclaimer - “The Science Museum does not accept responsibility for the quality of some of the moves you will see this evening.” The Robot it is then…

Monday Improvisation, Siobhan Davies Studios

On Monday nights the temple of contemporary dance, Siobhan Davies studios, invites you to expand the potential of your mind and body through improvisation. Skilled facilitators will be on hand to guide you through this expansive practice, known to boost creative ideas and remove any blockages you may be harbouring. There will be a different teacher each week enlightening you with unique dance forms such as Action Theatre, Butoh, Contact Improvisation, Feldenkrais, Skinner Releasing, and Eastern Bodywork Principles, all designed to make you feel great!

Swing Patrol

Swing Patrol are those responsible for blasting London back to the past with their explosive, nostalgia laden gatherings of Lindy Hop, Balboa, Charleston and Solo Jazz, dotted all over the capital. With 40 weekly classes across 17 different venues, ladies and gentlemen can catch a swing lesson for various levels and abilities for just £8 a session, or even less when you attend more! There are also social dancing events once you have mastered your moves, so why not give SWING a go?

Gaga People

No relation to Lady Gaga that is, this creative dance form, hailing from Israel, is all the rage right now. Get in touch with your instincts, and connect conscious and unconscious movement, in a class that will aid inner relaxation beautifully. As a teacher guides you to respond physically to imagery, you will discover newfound reserves of stamina and flexibility, all the while lightening the senses and imagination! There really isn’t anything that Gaga People wont do for you, as through free flowing movements you begin to raise awareness of physical weaknesses, awaken numb areas, expose physical fixations, and find ways to eliminate them. Gaga People's benefits couldn’t be described better than by founder Ohad Naharin, “We change our movement habits by finding new ones. We go beyond our familiar limits. We can be calm and alert at once.”

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