Documentary looks at dance craze
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.
Dancing free: Lights off, right: Dancers at Grey Lynn Community Centre.