Lights Out, Let’s Dance!
No Lights No Lycra is the original dance in the dark movement proven to make you feel better.
No Lights No Lycra Redlands Coast is thrilled to bring the joy of dancing in a safe, friendly, non-judgemental, drug and alcohol free atmosphere to the Redlands’ premier cultural and community arts venue, RPAC.
No Lights No Lycra is a space where everyone is a dancer. The lights go off, the music goes on—and you dance like nobody’s watching. There is no light, no lycra, no teacher, no steps to learn, no technique, just free movement. You can completely let go, shake out the stresses of the week, exercise at your own pace, and lose yourself in your body's music and physicality.
We play a bit of everything, from rock, pop, swing, folk, hip hop, soul, disco, cheesy top 40, and dance floor classics across the decades. You might not like some of it, but you'll love a lot, and the song list varies weekly. You can always sit out for a song or step-tap on the spot if anything doesn't take your fancy - it's not like anyone will see you!
Established 14 years ago, there are currently 70 No Lights, No Lycra ambassadors across every major City in Australia and regional towns, with outposts in cities like Tokyo, Glasgow, Texas, New York, London, and Auckland. And Redlanders have been dancing in the dark for over two years now.
No Lights No Lycra has brought the joy of dance to thousands of people around the world, and we’d love to get even more people dancing in the dark for better health and wellbeing.
Lights out, let’s dance! There’s room for you on our dance floor.
NO LIGHTS NO LYCRA REDLANDS COAST FAQS
WHAT IS NO LIGHTS NO LYCRA?
NLNL is a weekly lights-off chance to dance in the dark for the pure joy of dancing. It’s a place to
shake out the stresses of the week, let go of your inhibitions and completely be yourself. It occurs
in over 70 locations around the world, and Redlands Coast sessions are on most Wednesdays
(1st, 3rd, 4th, 5th of the month). RPAC are proud to be supporting these events for October!
HOW DARK IS IT?
It's light enough so that you can see the people around you but dark enough so that you can't
make out their features. We aim for a sweet spot between creating a foolproof judgement-free
space and safety so you can find your space to bust a move.
IT SOUNDS LIKE IT COULD BE CREEPY. IS IT CREEPY?
Nope. NLNL is a drug, alcohol and douchebag free zone. While it is dark, NLNL is for dancing on
your own, so people dance independently and it's completely non-contact - there isn't any direct
physical interaction between people.
DO PEOPLE GO ON THEIR OWN?
Yes! It’s up to you if you come with mates or not. Regardless, once the music starts everyone
finds room on the dance floor to dance independently. Attending alone is totally normal, welcome
and even encouraged!
WHATS WITH NO LYCRA?
When NLNL started in 2009, it was born out of the desire of two rebellious Australian dance
students to stop critiquing themselves in the mirror and start dancing for the joy of dancing again.
So off came the skin-tight spandex and off went the lights. While the 'No Lights' is a given,
wearing lycra is actually totally okay.
SO WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?
Whatever makes you feel comfortable to dance in - sweat pants, bike shorts, your office attire, or
a one-piece full-sequined leotard. The only rule is that you do need to wear clothes.
DO PEOPLE TALK?
Our sessions are strictly a talk-free zone – this might seem strange to begin with, but it’s pivotal
for getting lost in yourself and lost in the music. Besides, the music is loud and people are there to
dance, so the most verbal activity that happens is the whooping and cheering between songs.
CAN WE USE OUR PHONES DURING THE SESSION TO SHAZAM/TEXT OUR MATES/
INSTAGRAM/CHECK THE TIME?
Nope! No matter how dark or subtle you think you’re being with your phone – it’s really bright, and
it disturbs the magic of the darkness for everyone else, so make sure it’s hidden away where we
can’t see it. We aim to start on time so you don’t need to check the time. Use this opportunity to
turn it off and shut out the rest of the world – this time is for YOU!
ARE FITBITS OKAY? I WANT TO COUNT MY STEPS!
If you want to use your fitbit, please ensure that any lights on it are either covered up or disabled.
The light they give off is super bright and distracting to others when lost in the moment.
Alternatively, pop it in your pocket for the duration of the session.
WHY WOULD I GO IF I'M NOT A SHY DANCER?
Because the darkness creates a certain kind of magic that forces you to forget about what you or
the people around you look like, so that your brain can shut off and your body can move with the
beat. And because its fun and dancing is fantastic exercise!
IS IT A BIT OF A SCENE? WHO GOES TO THIS THING?
Totally not a scene. There's generally a good mix of ages, genders, bodies, abilities, backgrounds,
and dance styles. This is a safe space for everyone, including the LGBTQI community, people
with culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, and people with disabilities (we also honour
companion cards). We've had 13 year olds to 93 year olds so far and everything in between. The
beauty of the dark is that it doesn't really matter. If you want to be there, then you belong!
WHAT IF I HATE IT?
You won't. But if it turns out that it's not your thing, no worries at all, you're welcome to leave at
any point and no one will notice anyway!
Event and ticketing details
Date and time
|Wednesday 25 October - 6pm|
2 -16 Middle Street, Cleveland, QLD 4163Get directions
Suitable for all ages. Parental guidance recommended to determine suitability for your child.