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Morning Party People

Daytime dance parties encourage you to shake it before your first meeting.


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Justin Jach

It’s 8 a.m. on a Wednesday, and you know you should hit the gym. Ugh. Been there, done that. Why not go clubbin’ instead?

Put on your dancing shoes, and find a Daybreaker party. These early morning get-togethers became all the rage in New York last year, giving dance enthusiasts a way to get their groove on during the day without the debauchery that can be a part of the nightclub scene. (Peet’s coffee and coconut water are available at Daybreaker parties; Grey Goose Red Bulls and “Molly” are not.)

The New York parties were so popular that Daybreaker events started popping up in clubs around the world, quickly finding their way to Oakland’s The New Parish and San Francisco’s Supperclub. The festivities are typically scheduled one weekday morning per month at a changing venue and feature a range of DJs, professional dancers, and visual artists.

“This is a great opportunity for local artists and performers to showcase their talents in a new platform,” says Mustafa Khan, who coproduced nine Bay Area Daybreaker events with Managing Director Stephanie Lepp in 2014. “But the main goal is to help people start their morning in a unique and fun way, and to appreciate dancing as healthy exercise.”


Admission is usually $20–$25, which includes healthy food and beverages. Follow facebook.com/dybrkr, or sign up for e-mails about upcoming parties at dybrkr.com.

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