The drug and alcohol free gatherings usually take place in the morning or post-work, and typically feature live DJs spinning up the latest in new age, trance-dance tunes. But don’t let the music fool you: the vibe of ecstatic dance parties is more “yoga-flow-free-for-all” than late night rave.
These events not only burn a ton of calories—they’re also hangover-free, and awaken an all-natural ecstasy that’ll carry you through the doldrums of winter...and the work week. But let’s be real: it can be intimidating to sober-sway around a bunch of strangers.
Here’s how to make ecstatic dance the New Year’s Resolution that actually sticks.
- No talking. Conversations can be distracting for those trying to trance dance their way to bliss. Feel free to chat with friends in the bathroom, in the lobby—anywhere but the dance floor.
- No shoes. Socks? Cool. Barefoot? Also yes. Your brand new loafers? Probably not.
- Be respectful to others’ privacy. It may be tempting to snap or insta your way through the experience, but other people may not want their moves out there for the world to see. Instead, opt for a post-dance, super sweaty selfie to show off how much fun you had.
- You can dance all by yourself or with others who consent. Look for eye-contact and a verbal “yes” before beginning your duet. You also have every right to ignore anyone who approaches you with a mental “boy bye” and a healthy dose of side-eye.