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    WHAT:  fun-focused female only free-form dance! (About)

    WHERE:
    Mt Pleasant Community Centre, Vancouver, B.C.

    WHEN:
    Tuesdays @ 8:15PM
    (see current dates)

    HOW MUCH: $7
    Pay at the main desk and bring your receipt to class.

    QUESTIONS?
    Contact Darlene @ darmirara(at)gmail(dot)com

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DDPP VanCity Having A Laugh

Hey Ladies,

The Vancouver Courier was the first paper to cover DDPP VanCity.

Here’s the article or read it on their website here: http://www2.canada.com/vancouvercourier/news/story.html?id=e7606bfa-7968-4f06-8b77-e67942f826f6

Women-only dance sessions tap free spirits

Organizer notes power of self-expression

Cheryl Rossi, Vancouver Courier

Published: Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin'” seeped out of a low-lit, new dance studio at the Mount Pleasant Community Centre earlier this month, as a dozen women started to move.

Having been told not to judge others and themselves, the next instructions for the exercise session came from Lady Gaga: “Just Dance.”

That’s what the Dance Dance Party Party participants did for the next hour, without the aid of an instructor. One straddled and slid off a chair, another maniacally punched her fists in the air and others drifted to the beat.

Other than urging the registrants and drop-ins to dance like they were eight years old, Dance Dance Party Party Vancouver organizer Sara Bynoe acted like the other women on the dance floor.

Bynoe just wants to have fun, so the 29-year-old re-started Dance Dance Party Party sessions for women, just a month after resettling in Vancouver.

Bynoe first started Dance Dance Party Party in Vancouver in 2008. The self-described “recovering raver” took her inspiration from American writer, performer and comedian Glennis McMurray, who co-founded the booze-free, women-only freeform dance sessions, Dance Dance Party Party, which spread across the U.S. Participants are invited to create their own playlist for the 60-minute session.

Bynoe’s no stranger to hosting events that encourage self-expression. The teen angst poetry website she started in 2000 spun off into readings in Calgary and Vancouver where audience members shared their embarrassing writing and songs.

“You get this little bubble of comfort,” said Bynoe, an actor and singer who’s recently returned from completing a master’s degree in the U.K. “It’s one of the things that I’ve developed as a person and an artist, creating spaces where people feel free to share themselves.”

Michelle Bourke registered for all 12 sessions of Dance Dance Party Party. The 44-year-old talent lead who works for a consulting firm usually dances only at weddings but she was looking for a fun form of exercise and to improve her dancing skills. She loved the low lights and lack of audience.

“I just found it a safer atmosphere for being able to not be self-aware,” Bourke said.

Bynoe would take a vote if a man wanted to join a class.

“A lot of guys just don’t want to do it,” she said. “So you’re like don’t worry about it, you don’t have to come, boyfriend, it’s just for girls. And they’re like, ‘Oh, thank God.'”

crossi@vancourier.com

© Vancouver Courier 2010
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