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‘No Lights, No Lycra’ dance party takes over Greenpoint

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Dancers release energy at the “No Lights, No Lycra” dance party in the dark held at The Church of the Messiah Hall, 129 Russell St., Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

It takes a few minutes for your eyes to adjust to the dark, and a few more to realize you’ve found one of the best dance parties in New York City.

No, this isn’t a hot new nightclub in West Chelsea, where the DJ is flown in from London, models preen before a velvet rope and bottle service starts at $ 1,000.

This is the basement of a church in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, where scores of young men and women gather every Tuesday night for “No Lights, No Lycra” — an hour of uninhibited and surprisingly ecstatic dancing in the dark.

“It’s hard to get that feeling of pure elation in regular life, especially as an adult,” says Laura O’Neill, the 31-year-old organizer. “But here the dancing just takes over, if you let it.”

Sign beckons revelers to the “No Lights, No Lycra” dance party.

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Sign beckons revelers to the “No Lights, No Lycra” dance party.

Judging by all the sweat pouring off participants by the end of the night, almost everyone gives in to the groove. Frankly, there’s not much else to do. There is no bar to drink at, no seats to sit on and no velvet ropes to pose near. There’s not even any light, save a dim green glow coming from a laser machine.

It’s just enough illumination to prevent collisions on the dance floor. Besides that, you don’t have to worry about how you look, what you’re wearing, if you put on makeup or did your hair, and, most importantly, how weird you might look dancing.

“It’s just a bunch of people in a room without any bull crap,” says Amalia Wiatr Lewis, 19, from Red Hook, who went wild on the dance floor last Tuesday. “This is how you would dance if you were alone in your living room, except with a lot more space and lot more energy.”

Over the course of an hour, the music ranges from top 40 to eclectic electronica, and from Michael Jackson to Otis Redding.

Laura O’Neill is the organizer of the “No Lights, No Lycra” party in Greenpoint.

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Laura O’Neill is the organizer of the “No Lights, No Lycra” party in Greenpoint.

“This is the only place in the city where you will just go mad and boogie out to the Backstreet Boys,” says Stefania Franja, 28, who guest deejayed last Tuesday and will again this week, before she leaves Brooklyn and moves back to her native Australia. “Everyone at the party is sober, so the energy in the room just builds and builds.”

It’s not uncommon for those dancing at “NLNL” to break out in applause and shouts of excitement after each song ends. As O’Neill suggests, it’s the kind of good clean entertainment that doesn’t come around too often as an adult, and certainly not in the city’s highly intoxicated club scene.


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