Doc­u­men­tary looks at dance craze

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS - By JU­LIAN RAETHEL

There’s some­thing grow­ing in the heart of Grey Lynn.

It’s a move­ment which is get­ting big­ger ev­ery Mon­day night, when most of us are at home pre­par­ing for the week ahead.

No Lights No Ly­cra is the lat­est fit­ness move­ment, where peo­ple come to­gether at Grey Lynn Li­brary Hall for an hour to dance them­selves crazy.

And it’s all done in pitch black, with a sound sys­tem and a playlist.

The idea orig­i­nated in Australia and Kings­land film-maker Rowena Baines is on a mission to cap­ture the magic for a short doc­u­men­tary of the same name.

Baines ini­tially went along with some friends to see what all the fuss was about.

‘‘My first ex­pe­ri­ence was hi­lar­i­ous,’’ she says. ‘‘ We weren’t al­lowed in be­cause it was packed out – this was a Mon­day night in Grey Lynn in the mid­dle of win­ter.

‘‘We re­fused to go home so we just danced out­side. I still don’t know what hap­pened in there.

‘‘Peo­ple burst out the door sweat­ing with this un­be­liev­able en­ergy and flowed out onto the street.

‘‘I thought: ‘That’s beau­ti­ful, I want to make a film about that’.’’

Baines’ doc­u­men­tary will fea­ture a cou­ple of ‘‘vet­er­ans’’ who are tak­ing along a ‘‘newbie’’ to see what the ex­pe­ri­ence is like.

The sto­ry­line is very much along the lines of how Baines took her younger sis­ter Brenda Daya along for her first time. Daya, who is ex­pect­ing her sec­ond child, says peo­ple go and dance for all sorts of rea­sons.

The Mt Eden res­i­dent used to love go­ing out danc­ing when she was younger and those op­por­tu­ni­ties don’t come around too of­ten when you have young chil­dren, she says.

‘‘Any ex­cuse to go and shake my booty is al­ways good.

‘‘I love the idea of it be­ing in the dark with­out feel­ing self-con­scious.

‘‘Of­ten why peo­ple go out and drink is to lose their in­hi­bi­tions.

‘‘This way ev­ery­one shows up with a bot­tle of wa­ter and comfy clothes.’’

Daya is tak­ing a break while she pre­pares for the new­est fam­ily mem­ber but is in­ter­ested to see what Baines can pro­duce in film­ing, which is set to take place on April 13 and 20.

Photo: JU­LIAN RAETHEL

Photo: TOM ROSS AND JAS­MINE FISHER

Danc­ing free: Lights off, right: Dancers at Grey Lynn Com­mu­nity Cen­tre.

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