JUST DANCE: Julie Barratt has started No Lights No Lycra dance classes at the Yeppoon Community Hall.
JUST DANCE: Julie Barratt has started No Lights No Lycra dance classes at the Yeppoon Community Hall. Chris Ison Rokcdance

Dance how you like at the Capricorn Coast class

YOU might not hear Billy Idol's Dancing With Myself if you go to a No Lights No Lycra class, but that's the feeling you may experience.

Which is what the worldwide movement is all about - connecting with yourself in free movement.

Yeppoon's Julie Barratt, who has a background in arts projects, heard about NLNL and decided to create a time for the classes to be held locally.

"NLNL is a space where you can completely let go, shake out the stresses of the week, lose yourself in the music and physicality of your body," Julie told the Capricorn Coast Mirror.

"NLNL has created a non-pretentious place to completely be yourself, where you can dance however you like without dealing with all of the social nuances of dancing in public. At the heart of NLNL is the belief that everyone can dance."

No Lights No Lycra is a dance community that started in Melbourne by unruly dance students Alice Glenn and Heidi Barrett in 2009.

Julie encouraged teens to adults and the elderly to join in. "For me, it's the freedom this class gives you to dance, to really embrace it, and no else cares how you look or about what you're doing," she said. "It's like meditation. You don't think about anything else."

The playlist is selected to start out slowly and build momentum, Julie said.

"We play everything from Eric Clapton to Florence and the Machine.

"One of the participants said they'd always wanted to dance like Michael Jackson or like a ballerina, so this can be a place for them to enjoy doing that."

CLASS INFO

The Yeppoon classes are held every Tuesday from 7.15pm to 8.15pm at the Queen St Community Hall

Ages 14 to 99 are welcome

The cost is $5-$7

For more info, contact Julie on 0427 211 882