No Lights No Lycra Sutherland to return on October 27

Pumped up: Jools Hardie (right) and Janet Colson, No Lights No Lycra Sutherland ambassadors, are looking forward to dancing in the dark again when meetings resume at the Sutherland Pensioner's Centre on October 27. Picture: Chris Lane
Pumped up: Jools Hardie (right) and Janet Colson, No Lights No Lycra Sutherland ambassadors, are looking forward to dancing in the dark again when meetings resume at the Sutherland Pensioner's Centre on October 27. Picture: Chris Lane

Do you like to dance, but only in the privacy of your own loungeroom? No Lights No Lycra (NLNL) might be a way for you to get out of the house and enjoy dancing without the stress of people seeing you boogie.

The dancing in the dark movement began in Melbourne and has spread around the world, and now it's come to the shire.

Ambassadors of NLNL Sutherland, Jools Hardie and Janet Colson, are looking forward to welcoming back locals to the Sutherland Pensioners Centre on Wednesdays from 8-9pm, from October 27.

Ms Hardie, an Oyster Bay resident, said the resumption of gatherings would coincide with Mental Health Month (October) and offer attendees three main benefits: community, exercise and the positive effects of dance.

There's no-one there to judge you, you can wear whatever you want and express yourself how you want to.

Mackenzie Cox

"I find it really hard to switch my brain off, I'm a mum of three boys under eights and I'm constantly thinking of what I need to do next," Ms Hardie said.

"When I attended NLNL for the first time, it was the first time I did exercise I thoroughly enjoyed, but it was also a unique time for me because I was in the moment and I wasn't thinking about anything else. It was fun and meditative."

NLNL is a chance for people to dance freely in a friendly, non-threatening environment. The event occurs in a dimly-lit room so attendees don't have to worry about being judged. Playlists are fun and the Sutherland crew includes tunes from the 80s right through to the current day, and even takes requests from attendees in the lead-up to the event.

The class hosts attendees from teenagers through to seniors, and one of the youngest regulars is Mackenzie Cox, 21, from Caringbah.

Jools Hardie (right) and Janet Colson of No Lights No Lycra, which has weekly dance in the dark meet-ups in Sutherland. Picture: Chris Lane

Jools Hardie (right) and Janet Colson of No Lights No Lycra, which has weekly dance in the dark meet-ups in Sutherland. Picture: Chris Lane

"NLNL is so freeing. It's such a good way to release stress and lose yourself for an hour of your life," Ms Cox said.

"I'm not a professional dancer, I just like doing whatever I need to do without anyone seeing me. There's no-one there to judge you, you can wear whatever you want and express yourself how you want to.

"I love the atmosphere, and it's always a great mix of songs."

The cost is $10 per class. Find out more and how to book on Instagram @nolightsnolycra_sutherland or Facebook @NoLightsNoLycraCronulla

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