Ten years ago, a group of friends got together to boogie in the shadows. No Lights No Lycra is an international sensation and now it’s celebrating its birthday with a series of free parties.
The University of Sydney Research Project
The purpose of this research was to find out who is attending No Lights No Lycra and understand why they attend, who they attend with and what the appeal of dancing in the dark is. No Lights No Lycra uses an innovative approach to get people moving and anecdotally has a positive impact on the physical and mental health of people who participate – but we wanted to do the research to REALLY understand.
This research project was led by SPRINTER, a sport and physical activity research group at the School of Public Health, based in the Charles Perkins Centre, the University of Sydney.
This project has now been completed and the completed study is available to read here
If you have any questions about this research, please read the participant information statement available here or contact Bridget Foley – Bridget.Foley@sydney.edu.au.
No Lights, No Lycra the global dancing-in-the-dark sensation that began in Melbourne in 2009 and is now in 70+ countries, is returning to its roots. In April and May, 2019, NLNL will bring their famous sober and drug-free approach to dance to town halls across regional Victoria.
Mental health in our rural communities, particularly with the drought, is lower than in our cities. Dancing has been shown to have a positive impact on physical and emotional health, and with support from the Heart Foundation, NLNL wants to support locals to support positive health—and reinvigorate local, regional built spaces.
April 29th – Ballarat
April 30th – Donald
May 1st – Ouyen
May 3rd – Mildura
May 6th – Shepparton
May 7th – Wodonga
May 8th – Yakandandah
May 9th – Beechworth
FOLLOW THE TOUR
NLNL Dance Break is a free app that makes you stop and dance once a day.
The app inspires users around the world to break into dance every day by overriding their phone with an energizing track. At the end of each track, a map reveals the location and number of people who danced globally.
NLNL Dance Break is the brainchild of the Melbourne duo behind No Lights, No Lycra. The app is the next evolution in NLNL’s no-judgement dance movement with users encouraged to dance wherever they are – at home, in the office, at school or on the street.
Dancing for even a few minutes a day is a great way for individuals, schools and organisations to improve physical and mental health, and increase productivity. The app has been developed with funding from VicHealth’s Innovation Challenge, which supports creative initiatives that get more Victorians moving more often.
NLNL Dance Break is currently unavailable – we are keen to get the app available once again, if you’re involved with an organisation that could help, please do not hesitate to get in touch.
In 2018 No Lights No Lycra teamed up with Reclink Australia for a series of essential community engagement workshops.
Reclink Australia provides evidence-based sport and art programs to disadvantaged Australians to create socially inclusive, life-changing opportunities.
In partnership with more than 200 community organisations, Reclink Australia’s programs create pathways to improved health and wellbeing, education and employment outcomes for all participants.
The No Lights No Lycra collaboration with Reclink Australia further explores the link between dance and its positive impact on health and well being. Lights out, it’s time to dance.
Head here for further information about Reclink Australia.
In early 2017 No Lights No Lycra had the privilege to close out the All About Women festival held at The Sydney Opera House.
All About Women, running for 6 years now, celebrates International Women’s Day with a full day of discussions and events. Curated by Edwina Throsby, formerly the TEDxSydney Head of Curation and founder and producer of ABC’s Big Ideas. Designed to make you think and push your boundaries, All About Women is a vibrant festival that asks questions about gender, justice and equality.
No Lights No Lycra is proud to partner with Vic Health and This Girl Can to present fun and positive fitness activities for women.
In 2017 No Lights No Lycra teamed up with the Department of Health on their initiative ‘Girls Make Your Move’ to present free dance events all across Australia for girls aged 12-19.
The campaign was initiated in response to the experience of judgement many young women experience from society, parents, peers, media, school, social media (basically everywhere) which can create a mode of self-consciousness that can prevent them from doing the things that they love.
The Girl’s Make Your Move campaign helped push past those barriers to generate positive perceptions of physical activity to inspire, energise, and empower young women.
IN 2016 NLNL AMBASSADORS HELD FUNDRAISING EVENTS TO SUPPORT DRY JULY
“If you want to dance without being in a boozy club setting, there are salsa meet-ups or No Lights No Lycra nights where people can forget about drowning their inhibitions with grog and dance in the dark alcohol-free.”
No Lights No Lycra were one of many sponsors for Minus18 Queer formal 2018.
Minus 18 Glow Up under age dance party in collaboration with Thursgay and No Lights No Lycra.
NLNL is a proud supporter and fundraising partner of the Collingwood Toy Library.
In 2019 NLNL collaborated with the Rainbow Families Network and the Inner North Rainbow Playgroup to celebrate IDAHOBIT Day at the North Fitzroy Library.