let’s get physical straight ups: no lights no lycra

While cool kids used to cut gym class, our growing obsession with green juices, It sneakers, and high fashion activewear proves fit is officially it. But breaking a sweat doesn’t mean breaking up with your style. We caught up with some of Melbourne’s...

by i-D Staff
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08 April 2016, 7:05am

No Lights No Lycra started in 2009 when a group of friends shared a special moment dancing in a dimly lit church to an Edith Piaf song. Since then the Melbourne based free-form dance session has spread throughout Australia and the world. Done in total darkness, No Lights No Lycra lets you bust a move without having to worry about what you look like. We promise, even if you look like Elaine Benes you're safe. We hung out with some of the attendees at their Brunswick East venue.

Name?
Camille Cockburn.

What are you wearing head to toe?
Adidas!

What do you do for work?
I'm a hairdresser.

What do you do for fun?
I knit! Is that not very cool? I knit.

How did you get into No Lights No Lycra?
I just walked in one day.

What do you love about coming here?
Fist-pumping.

How do you bring a sense of personal style to your fitness gear?
I always buy vintage.

What are you listening to on repeat right now?
Missy Elliot, the old stuff.

How do you feel after exercising?
Exhausted. 

Name?
Kinji Munkara-Murray.

What are you wearing head to toe?
Champion sweatshirt, flimsy Sears blue windbreaker from the op-shop, tights and my daggy fluoro trainers

What do you do for work?
I currently don't have a job. #studentlife.

What do you do for fun?
Reading and gaming.

How did you get into No Lights No Lycra?
A few friends at college told me about it.

What do you love about coming here?
Dancing in the dark is oddly liberating.

How do you bring a sense of personal style to your fitness gear?
I like pastels, so I try to incorporate that.

What are you listening to on repeat right now?
Right now I'm really loving the song Monster vs. Angel by WDL.

How do you feel after exercising?
I feel like I'm in the best state of mind to smash out a heap of studying. 

Name?
Stef Miltiadou.

What are you wearing head to toe?
Hoops from somewhere, jacket from my friend—he's asked for it back but I think it looks too good on me, sorry Joey—crop top from American Apparel, bike shorts from Target, sneakers from Nike.

What do you do for work?
Living that yo-pro life at a branding and design studio.

What do you do for fun?
Eat food, dance at the club and in my room, get into Trey Songz YouTube black holes, take selfies.

How did you get into No Lights No Lycra?
It's like the club but midweek and without the temptation of tequila! Plus my room is too small to properly dance in now and I hate the gym.

What do you love about dance?
I guess it just makes me feel better than anything else in the world? Also watching other people's bodies moving is mesmerising.

How do you bring a sense of personal style to your fitness gear?
I'm all about the power ponytail these days. Power ponytail + sneakers = my fitness look.

What are you listening to on repeat right now?
Wrong by Zayn ft. Kehlani. Literally, hit the repeat song button on iTunes.

How do you feel after exercising?
To be honest I mostly just feel impressed with myself for actually exercising. I don't count dancing as exercise though because I do it all the time and it makes me so happy, but maybe that just makes me like super #fitspo? 

Name?
Max Milne.

What are you wearing head to toe?
I got these shoes made in India, same with the pants and this jacket is vintage.

What do you do for work?
I'm a photographer.

What do you do for fun?
Dancing. I do this, contact improv and dance, as a form of trance, which is based in a Malaysian shamanic tradition.

How did you get into No Lights No Lycra?
I've been coming for about four or five years.

What do you love about coming here?
It's about the people. Getting sweaty, getting into a trance, getting into your body.

How do you bring a sense of personal style to your fitness gear?
It's gotta be comfortable; you have to be able to jump around.

What are you listening to on repeat right now?
Justin Bieber, Sorry.

How do you feel after exercising?
Sweaty. 

Name?
Salome Lines-Morison.

What are you wearing head to toe?
Everything is from Savers; vintage green Adidas track top, cheetah pink top, pink trackies and Wavezone rockpool shoes.

What do you do for work?
I study Arts at Melbourne Uni.

What do you do for fun?
I go out dancing, read, write, play Pokemon.

How did you get into No Lights No Lycra?
Through some friends and the internet I think.

What do you love about coming here?
Dancing is one of the things I do for fun, so it's a natural fit.

How do you bring a sense of personal style to your fitness gear?
Rummage through Savers and see what looks sporty.

What are you listening to on repeat right now?
Radiohead and The Dirty Three.

How do you feel after exercising?
Just great, really good. So good. 

Name?
Natalia Held.

What are you wearing head to toe?
Vintage bomber, a Hanes shirt, my boyfriend's tracksuit pants and my shabby New Balance.

What do you do for work?
I work at an architecture firm.

What do you do for fun?
Try on clothes I can't afford.

How did you get into No Lights No Lycra?
Just through word of mouth, and I roped in a friend to try it with me.

What do you love about coming here?
The dancing of course, but also watching the silhouettes of everyone else dancing. It's hypnotic.

How do you bring a sense of personal style to your fitness gear?
The delicate balance between being comfy and not looking like a total dork.

What are you listening to on repeat right now?
Black Sheep.

How do you feel after exercising?
Like a snake that's just shed its skin. 

This article is presented in partnership with Fitbit Blaze

Credits


Photography Charlie White