When most people think about kicking up their heels and heading out for a night on the town, it's exactly that. . .a night on the town. Their energy seems to come in full swing at 11:00 in the evening at the earliest, with people dancing and socializing until the wee hours of the morning.
As for me, I'm typically in bed at 10:00 at the latest. To be up at midnight, let alone dancing at that hour, seems borderline absurd.
Sure, dancing for about an hour can torch as many as 500 calories, not to mention extend all the heart-healthy aerobic benefits that come along with it.(1) I'd do it more often if there was a place I could go to at 6:00 in the morning. Am I alone?
See, I'm a true morning person. Sleeping until 8:00, even on a weekend, is a rare occurrence. I'm up and working as early as 5:00, researching health and wellness news stories. By 9:00, I've likely already done a couple of articles and have scoured trending stories. I'm at my best during the early hours. Then, I'm awake, full of energy and so full of life I could dance. And dancing is just what I do, even if my form is reminiscent of Elaine from Seinfeld.
Working from home affords me the opportunity to occasionally burst into a few dances moves, thanks to the absence of judging colleagues and the presence of Pandora. Sometimes just the thrill of having completed a challenging story so early in the day is enough to make me get into dance mode, creatively strutting my stuff around the kitty litter box and dehumidifier.
Which got me thinking: why isn't there a place for early birds like me to get their dance groove on? No crazy midnight clubs filled with alcohol (sorry to burst your bubble, but a 5 oz. glass of Merlot has close to 100 calories, a Bud Light has approximately 110 calories and 1.5 oz. of Southern Comfort has about 70...and we all know most people don't stick to just one drink). (2)
The Dance Club for Early Birds . . . it's a Real Thing!
Well, I've been living under a rock. Turns out, there is such a place.
Ladies and gentlemen, introducing Morning Gloryville, a sober sunrise rave in East London where early birds get their groove on while the smell of coffee wafts through the air.(3)
"I like that everyone's in a really good mood," says Morning Gloryville regular Natasha Lyttom. "It's not the sort of typical, sticky alcohol everywhere in a club dance floor, guys trying to grind up on you, which is what normally happens in a rave."(3)
The idea of club-ness without the chaos was started by 28-year-old Sam Moyo who says, "What Morning Gloryville's been doing is making happiness and being joyful cool."(3) There, people can cut loose in a high-energy environment, choosing to don funky hats and wear face paint if they desire, all while sipping breakfast smoothies and dancing with their children.
Yes, children are allowed. Many kids show up in capes and smiles, leaving around the 8:30 hour when it's time for their parents to put on their power suit, drop little Johnny off at a sitter, and head to work.
Satellite engineer Tyler Wagner says he loves taking his kids to events like this.(3) "This lets them enjoy their fun, artistic side. They get plenty of their engineering, science side from science at home with mum and dad. So this lets them get out and dance and have a good time," he says.
Personally, I think this idea is terrific. So popular are such clubs that many already exist throughout Europe and the United States and are starting to pop up in India and South Africa.
It's fun, burns calories, is full of healthy smoothies and void of nonsense. Most importantly, it's fueled with the energy of other early birds who get to smile and dance around things other than kitty litter boxes.
Sources for this article include: (1) http://www.npr.org/blogs/parallels/2014/08/12/338320513/its-sunrise-in-london-and-time-for-a-rave (2) http://www.weightlossforall.com/calories-alcohol.htm (3) http://www.npr.org/blogs/parallels/2014/08/12/338320513/its-sunrise-in-london-and-time-for-a-rave
Jennifer Lea Reynolds
U.Jennifer Lea Reynolds is a weight loss success story who enjoys living a healthy lifestyle. A fan of the elliptical, roasted asparagus and remembering to put the lid on the blender, she’s appeared in many national and local print publications. She lives in New England where she writes professionally about health and wellness in online publications including U.S. News & World Report, Reader's Digest, Woman's Day, The Huffington Post, and more.