Call for groups to take advantage of 'Just Dance' sessions at Moruya

Moruya's "Just Dance" sessions are open to people of all ages and abilities.
Moruya's "Just Dance" sessions are open to people of all ages and abilities.

What would it feel like to walk into a room full of strangers, turn up the music and just dance?

It might be scary initially, but Moruya Just Dance organisers say it is a powerful way of letting go of control, healing and promoting mental health.

Facilitators Jade Bridger and Myles Lockhart said the Tuesday sessions at the Moruya Red Door Hall were open to all ages and abilities.

The purpose was to "get high" through dance.

Some people with disabilities came with their carers, and were using the activity as a health and wellbeing resource.

"This is just the beginning," Ms Bridger said.

"It would be awesome to see programs happening like this at schools with year 12 students.

"It's a safe space for people to come and move how they want to move."

Participants created a playlist each week that touched on all different genres of music.

"There's something for everybody there. There's zero judgement," she said.

"We encourage people to come sober. This is supposed to be dancing and just getting high off your endorphins in your body."

"Just Dance" is free of judgement and offers a safe space to dance to different genres of music.

She said there were similar events in Canada and another in Newcastle, which gave the couple the idea.

"We used to live up in Newcastle so we'd attend that one, then when we moved down here we didn't have any place to dance," Ms Bridger said.

"We love dancing. It's part of how we really connected, and so we invested in a sound system, then we found this space."

She said the first couple of months were slow, but more and more people joined in.

One of the participants, Georgie Murray, said dancing was different to her usual exercise of gardening and surfing.

"It's different being physical in this kind of way. You let a lot out," Ms Murray said.

"Everyone's really comfortable, everyone's just themselves."

The group celebrated their one-year anniversary at Moruya on October 8.

The sessions take place at 6pm, every Tuesday, at the Red Door Hall, Moruya. A $5 donation is suggested at the door, covering rent and equipment.

Go to the "Just Dance Moruya" Facebook page for information.


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