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Early Morning Dance Parties Take Off in U.S.

Los Angeles (AFP) – Guillaume Meye reports: Partying before breakfast? It’s not everyone’s cup of tea. But it is the concept behind “Daybreakers,” early-morning raves becoming increasingly popular in the United States.

At 6:30 am one recent morning, some 250 young — and old — dance enthusiasts gathered in downtown Los Angeles to strut their stuff before many people have even got out of bed.

“Here you get to go dance, you can meet somebody, there is an amazing energy in the room. Because everyone comes here buys a ticket and comes with the intention of dancing, everyone dances.”

Andre Herd, the producer behind the event, said it combines the fun of night-time partying without the morning-after downsides.

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“It flips the switch on what everyone knows and used to love in my opinion, which is: you go, you get drunk, you maybe meet somebody, you hook up, you have fun with your friends, you go home, you’re hungover the next day,” he told AFP.

“Here you get to go dance, you can meet somebody, there is an amazing energy in the room. Because everyone comes here buys a ticket and comes with the intention of dancing, everyone dances.”

“I love clubs and now I am over them, this is just like a good way for me to go out and get hot and sweaty and not have to wear stupid shoes and dress like a whore.”

— Lenore, whose friends are all married and who no longer goes out to clubs at night

The parties are held about once a month, with tickets costing $25 and invitations sent out by email about a week in advance.

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But unlike a regular rave, there is no alcohol or drugs: the strongest stimulant available in Los Angeles is coffee, with fruit juices the drink of choice at the bar.

There is, of course, a DJ to keep the rhythms coming. Read the rest of this entry »


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