Brookline, MA hosts one of the many chapters of the female-only cult phenomenon known as Dance Dance Party Party™ (DDPP™). Unlike typical workout or dance classes, Dance Dance Party Party™ has no instructors, no fitness goals, and nothing to prove. There are only three rules in the room – no boys, no booze, and no judgment.
Begun in 2006, DDPP™ is the creation of New York City residents Glennis McMurray and Marcy Girt. The two friends loved dancing at the clubs with gal pals, but loathed cover charges, getting hit on and reeking of alcohol and cigarettes the next day.
The set-up is simple: an hour and a half of booty-busting tunes, a dance studio or other room with the lights turned low, and women willing to let go. Although McMurray and Girt began the class on a whim, they found it struck an unexpected chord. “DDPP started as a way to work out and have fun without the conformity of a gym – how often have you heard your favorite song while you’re on the treadmill and wanted to hop off to do a real running man?” said McMurray. “But it has morphed into this amazing revolution of sorts where women come to find that little girl inside us all who just wants to have fun!”
Attendees can even sign up to “Guest DJ” by creating a custom mp3 playlist. Anything and everything goes from Broadway to hip-hop to 80’s hits (along with a cool-down song at the end); 20 or so songs that will get everyone up and moving. Ladies are encouraged not only to DJ but to give themselves a killer DJ name. (Favorites include DJ Tanner and DJ Roy G Biv DeVoe.)
Through word of mouth alone, over a dozen DDPP™ chapters have cropped up all over the USA and internationally. Women around the world are responding to this liberating atmosphere where they are free to goof around, shake their bodies without objectification and feel good about who they are.
Chicago Tribune reporter Monica Eng wrote, “Why we decide to reveal our inner spaz to this room of mostly strangers is unclear,” and concludes DDPP™ is “a buttload of fun.”
1. I don’t get it…what do you do?
Well when you first walk in the room we’ll probably all be standing around waiting for the fun to start. The lights go down, a poor-gal’s version of a disco ball starts up and the music blasts. There’s a mirror you can watch yourself dance in if you want or you can move toward the back and groove back there. And by groove we mean GROOVE. Let the music get inside you! There’s no instructor and no rules (except the no judgment thing) so you can do whatever you want! Every once in a while we’ll all start doing a simple dance step we love (we call that spontaneous choreography – SO FUN!) and you can do that with us… or do your own thing! Are you seeing a pattern here? Just come, sing along, move around a little and we swear you will leave on cloud 9.
2. Why ladies only?
We like keeping it a fun, free environment where we don’t have to worry about impressing anyone except ourselves. Having guys in the room would change the dynamic and we’re pretty pleased with the way it is.
3. What should I wear?
Wear workout clothes because you will SWEAT. Definitely don’t wear jeans and if you come in layers expect them to be peeled off. Trust us. Other than that just wear whatever you feel most comfortable in!
4. What if I can’t dance?
Don’t worry, neither can we! And besides, no one will be watching you so even if you’re the worst dancer of all time (and seriously, no one is worse than Glennis and she’s pretty proud of that) the only one who’ll notice is you. After a while you’ll begin to realize you’re a much better dancer than you think. We’ve all seen Britney Spears enough to copy at least her facial expressions.
5. Can I show off my moves if I’m a dancer?
Sure. Why not! Just make sure you don’t injure anyone or make the whole class about you showing off your moves because that might get boring for the rest of us. But if you can do a mean “worm” (like Marcy…seriously she’s the best) then show that shit off!
6. I have no rhythm. What if everyone laughs at me?
If anyone laughs at you they are OUT OF THERE. One of our only rules (as you’ll see below) is that all judgments are left outside so we really have no problem telling someone to step if they’re making anyone uncomfortable.
7. So you DO have rules!
We have three: No booze, no boys, no judgments. Sounds like the perfect formula for a good time, doesn’t it?
8. Can I DJ?
Yes you can! We’d love for you to! And just to be clear, by “DJ” we mean putting together a kick-butt mix on your ipod and rocking our worlds with it at DDPP so there really aren’t any actual “DJ” skills needed. All we ask is that you attend at least one session before you do so you can get an idea of the feel and what people love to dance to. Check out our DJ page for more info!
9. Can I bring friends?
Please do! DDPP is even better with friends!
10. Can I start DDPP in my town?
You bet! Just talk to the NY ladies first so they can help you out with it. We’d love to take DDPP all over the country and beyond but we want to make sure the concept stays the same. Email us at dancedancepartyparty[at]gmail[dot]com to get started!