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DANCE IN THE DARK?
“A sober exercise rave in a room of
sweaty hipsters,” was the beautifully curt
description of fitness craze No Lights No
Lycra from online health and beauty bible
The Glow. You’d be forgiven for thinking
along those lines – its grungy Fitzroy roots
and defiantly choreography-free routines do
seem to speak to a very niche, Instagram-
loving, Birkenstock-wearing crowd. But don’t
dismiss it so quickly. No Lights No Lycra – or
NLNL, for us devotees – is a freeform dance
class, where inhibitions are lowered and
stresses shaken out through improvised movement and
that pitch-black space. It’s exactly the opposite of a Les
Mills class, and twice as fun. But be warned – you do get
sweaty. Though NLNL calls itself a dance space, leave
your expectations of Blue Light Disco shuffling at the
door and prepare to get hot. There’s more than an hour
of dance time with no breaks, and you’ll find that because
you feel less conscious of your dance moves, you’ll throw
them out with wild, athletic abandon. By the end of it,
you’ll be soaked and delirious – but it’s so much fun, you’ll
only realise you exercised on your way home.
... TAKE TO THE
A GUIDED ART TOUR?
Admit it: there’s a special kind of
satisfaction you only get from being
in-the-know about something. Next-big-
thing bands, secret little bars, insider tips
on Perth’s best, say, noodles (ahem) – we
love being the ones with the info. And arts
org FORM is taking that one step further,
with small-group guided tours of some of Perth’s best street
art. Imagine the satisfaction of stopping a friend outside
the Cheeky Sparrow to inform them that artist Alexis Diaz
was such a perfectionist with the giant seahorse mural he
painted on the Wolf Lane wall, he had to recruit other artists
Need to know
• Zero fitness is required for the walk – it’s an easy hour-ish
stroll around the city streets. You’ll want to bring a hat,
though – it gets pretty hot in that Murray Street carpark!
• Make sure you stick around when the walk finishes –
your ticket price includes a coffee with the rest of your
group at the end! We think it’s a great chance to
brainstorm exactly how you’ll impress your friends
with your new-found knowledge.
• Walks run on Wednesdays and Saturday mornings – call
FORM on 9226 2799 to book your place.
Shake up your weekend with
these off-the-beaten-track ideas.
to assist him after sunset, in order to finish before his flight
back home. And that’s just one story! You’ll hear heaps more
on the tour, which is guided by Margot, the project manager
of the PUBLIC 2014 program that put most of the art on the
walls. She’s a goldmine of quirky facts and background info
on the artists, and isn’t afraid to crack some snarky jokes. We
like! You’ll hear all about the works – what they represent,
how the artists had the ideas, the painting process and street
art techniques used – and find some gems you never even
knew were out there. And, you’ll be overwhelmed by how
beautiful the art is. Trust us – we know.
Need to know
• To preserve the meditative vibe the freeform dancing
provides, NLNL has some friendly community guidelines.
No phones, no talking, and dance by yourself (not with
a mate). This is time to relax, so enjoy it, distraction-free!
• Song requests are encouraged – send them through
to NLNL on Facebook at least two days before your
• The group applauds at the end of each song –
we’d like to think it’s for our dance moves!
• NLNL costs $5 and runs on Tuesday evenings
in Fremantle and Northbridge, plus Thursday
evenings in Northbridge.
• Check facebook.com/noLightNoLycraPerth
for times and locations.
A mural on Beaufort
Street by Straker.
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