Love electronic dance music & hits from all decades? Feeling blue or bored? Dance Yourself Happy is an hour of free uninstructed leg-shaking, side-stepping, body-popping, running man, robot, old-school, or whatever your style may be. Let the dance tunes of 80s, 90s, 00s & beyond work up a sweat.
What are you doing differently this year because of COVID-19?
You have always had to sign in for the headcount, but we now also enforce the Government's and the venue's COVID-19 advice which may change from time to time, including social distancing recommendations. Please respect other dancers' social space.
Is this 'Dancing In The Dark'?
The hall lights are turned off but this is not about dancing in complete blinding darkness. There is a wee disco light for a nice moody feel and to help you see where you're going.
What kind of music can I expect?
We’ll be dancing to electronic dance music with hits from 80s, 90s, 00s and today. Chart-toppers, floor-bangers, house, synthpop, techno, Euro-disco, dance-pop, mashups, some pop & rock, the occasional touch of latin, and much more for a groovy concoction. There won't be any ballroom, waltz, tango and that type of 'traditional' music.
Is there a choreography to learn?
No, this is just one hour when you can dance however you like. There is no instructor and you don't need a dance partner. Feel free to bring friends along though!
What should I wear & bring?
Wear anything you feel comfortable in, be it jeans or trackpants, but no high heels please. And bring a water bottle. And a few friends if you like ;) Do not bring valuables, or keep them 'on' or beside you.
Can I bring my kids along?
Sure, but they have to be under your supervision at all times and be able to adhere to social distancing. Also worth noting is that a lot of care is taken to keep the music lyrics ‘clean', but there may be the odd unintentional missed word here or there, or mature themes.
Does it cost to get in?
No, this event is free to attend. Thank you Howick Local Board and MECOSS for continued support.
Can I request a song?
Each session has been prerecorded and there is no DJ, so you cannot request a song on the night, but feel free to share your favourites on the DYH Facebook page (see address further below). You never know – there may be new playlists with yours on it!
We encourage you to use the Covid-19 tracing app on arrival in addition to the usual headcount log. We also ask you to respect other dancers' social space. Government's COVID-19 advice may change from time to time, so do keep up-to-date by following public announcements.
Please note: due to the unpredictable nature of Covid-19 situation and the vast number of groups using the hall, the venue owner may take a more cautious approach than government advise without prior notice. In case of cancellations, we will try to get the word out as soon as possible. Dance Yourself Happy Facebook page is your best source of the most up-to-date information.
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Did you know?
- Dancing improves mood and destresses
- You can burn over 250 calories in one hour
- It doesn’t even feel like exercise!
- Dancing on a regular basis may reduce your risk of dementia by 76%*