(dance) party for the people research site #2: The Get Down

The Get Down is a monthly dance party held on last Fridays at The Spare Room. It's hosted by the inimitable Sarah Baker and you can pretty much count on there being great music and a shit-ton of people who aren't scared to let loose on the dance floor. Here's what they had to say...

Q: What makes a good dance party?

Sarah :  Contemporary Hip hop, low ceilings and low lights so the feeling is safe and intimate, not 'too cool' feeling

Sarah: Contemporary Hip hop, low ceilings and low lights so the feeling is safe and intimate, not 'too cool' feeling

Michelle:   An enthusiastic audience, no self-consciousness, spaces that feel contained and where you're not feeling exposed or stared at, living rooms that you can't see anything in, good Hip hop and not the recycled same-old-shit, the room being dark enough

Michelle: An enthusiastic audience, no self-consciousness, spaces that feel contained and where you're not feeling exposed or stared at, living rooms that you can't see anything in, good Hip hop and not the recycled same-old-shit, the room being dark enough

Talia:   People feeling the music and feeling free to express themselves, openness for expression, awesome bass

Talia: People feeling the music and feeling free to express themselves, openness for expression, awesome bass

Jenna:   People who don't care if anyone's looking but are just free, being able to let go, being connected to the movement that's inside you, being able to hear the rhythm of your body

Jenna: People who don't care if anyone's looking but are just free, being able to let go, being connected to the movement that's inside you, being able to hear the rhythm of your body

Lekadia:   NO slow beats, NO slow rap, NO early 2000's music. YES to: 90's Hip hop and R&b, space to dance, music that's conducive to men and women, men dancing and not just standing around and watching... engage or get out! Stop worrying about what you look like. If you're having a good time that's all that matters. Pull your shoulders back! This is a service industry town so there should be better dance nights when industry workers can go out- Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays!

Lekadia: NO slow beats, NO slow rap, NO early 2000's music. YES to: 90's Hip hop and R&b, space to dance, music that's conducive to men and women, men dancing and not just standing around and watching... engage or get out! Stop worrying about what you look like. If you're having a good time that's all that matters. Pull your shoulders back! This is a service industry town so there should be better dance nights when industry workers can go out- Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays!

Christina:   Everyone being into it, anything that makes everyone move, music that's relatable, good friends, having all your girls with you, remember that everyone looks stupid dancing so just do it. It's way more fun when you don't give a shit

Christina: Everyone being into it, anything that makes everyone move, music that's relatable, good friends, having all your girls with you, remember that everyone looks stupid dancing so just do it. It's way more fun when you don't give a shit

ALL MISSY ELLIOT

Leah (on the right):   Low lighting so people don't feel self-conscious, a flow of music, energy on the dance floor that keeps moving so it's easy to enter the dance floor at any point, mixing genres of music, I love it when the DJ throws in something unexpected but that everyone knows, maybe a remix. Observe and realize that bodies are moving in different ways and have the courage to get in there and let your body do what it does. I think of this like church... it's a place to just let go and not care so much about yourself.    Ariela (on the left):   Old school Hip hop, R&b, soul. Diverse crowd in age, gender, and orientation. An environment that feels nonjudgmental. A DJ with good rhythm who can engage with the crowd. Low lighting. Don't overthink things, just listen to the music and move how you want to.

Leah (on the right): Low lighting so people don't feel self-conscious, a flow of music, energy on the dance floor that keeps moving so it's easy to enter the dance floor at any point, mixing genres of music, I love it when the DJ throws in something unexpected but that everyone knows, maybe a remix. Observe and realize that bodies are moving in different ways and have the courage to get in there and let your body do what it does. I think of this like church... it's a place to just let go and not care so much about yourself.

Ariela (on the left): Old school Hip hop, R&b, soul. Diverse crowd in age, gender, and orientation. An environment that feels nonjudgmental. A DJ with good rhythm who can engage with the crowd. Low lighting. Don't overthink things, just listen to the music and move how you want to.

IF IT'S GOOD MUSIC DON'T FUCK IT UP BY TRYING SOME FANCY DJ SHIT. IF IT'S A GOOD SONG THAT EVERYONE LOVES (LIKE PRINCE) JUST LET IT PLAY!

Sonam:   A good DJ and good transitions between songs. Start with your hips and worry about your feet later. Dancing feels amazing, so just be in your own world and do what feels good. Dancing is good for your head! 

Sonam: A good DJ and good transitions between songs. Start with your hips and worry about your feet later. Dancing feels amazing, so just be in your own world and do what feels good. Dancing is good for your head!