No Lights No Lycra: Wangara studio creates place to dance without fear


Kara Halvorson, Jayde and Kirstie Zaccaria  and Julie Bradshaw.           d460039
Kara Halvorson, Jayde and Kirstie Zaccaria and Julie Bradshaw.         d460039

A WANGARA studio has created a haven for people to flaunt their dance moves, no matter how embarrassing.

Even the ‘sprinkler’ and ‘shopping trolley’ are welcome at Jump Into It, which opens its doors weekly to people wanting to dance like no one is watching.

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Owners Jayde and Kirstie Zaccaria have been running No Lights No Lycra sessions on Monday nights for the past 18 months.

The dance movement originated in Melbourne seven years ago and has spawned groups across the country and the world.

“We turn the lights off and all you see is silhouettes of each other and dance and sing your hearts out for an hour to songs from all genres and eras,” Jayde said.

“People love the fact you can get active without having to try and follow anyone like a Zumba class and worry about what people think about you.”

She said it was suitable for everyone as you could move at your own pace and the main appeal was to dance without judgement.

“You don’t have the pressure to work at a certain level or feel judged by others,” she said.

“It’s a good way to feel good after a bad day and just a way to get fun and active.”

No Lights No Lycra costs $5 per session.