Cool Melbourne, Herald Sun – June 2013

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Welcome to cool Melbourne – your guide to the cutting edge of cool around town

FROM bars, boutiques, a bookstore and a barber shop to a dance class with a difference, we’ve tracked down 25 gems you’re unlikely to find in the guide books but will have you on the cutting edge of cool.

Various locations (city and inner north) on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

DANCE like no one’s watching. It’s a self-help aphorism that’s twee in the saying but is undeniably good in the doing. It’s easy to be self-conscious on a dance floor, or to dance only after a few drinks. The brainchild of Alice Glenn and Heidi Barrett, NLNL is a weekly dance session without teacher, without set moves, without inhibitions. The music starts pumping and you’re dancing as though no one is watching because no one is – you’re dancing in the dark.

From humble beginnings in Melbourne in 2009, NLNL dance nights are now held around Australia and the world, including Berlin, Glasgow and London. It’s unashamedly daggy, undoubtedly fun and a damn good workout to boot. With music that can swing from Grandmaster Flash to Grease, from Beyonce to the Beach Boys and back via hip-hop and some Springsteen for good measure (yes, that song), it’s a feel-good soundtrack to good moving that’s a brilliant way to shake away the midweek blues!