A Story About Our Name

We're over burpees. We're over good form. We're over social expectations. The idea that we can go into a room to shut off our brains for 45 minutes and just dance and be free from everything else has so much appeal.  We're not interested in looking good, we're interested in feeling good, so to your mind, we say Shut Up.  To your body, we say: DANCE.  

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Abby Damen
MEET FRITH HORAN

I would be a passionfruit cake with passionfruit icing because that's my favourite cake that my grandmother makes.  Also it's a crazy flavour that people go 'WTF!" and then they try it and they go "oh yeah, actually, that's bloody great."

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MEET ABBY DAMEN

Because the first song that came on was I Want to Break Free by Queen, I gave up on the concept of exercising entirely and suddenly I'm standing there with the god damn vacuum cleaner, pre-empting a punch zoom post head-turn-in-kitchen (if you've seen the video clip, you'll know what I'm talking about - 1:04) and working up more of a sweat than I ever would doing crunches.

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Body Love + Us = A Magical Brew

We had both been following each others' journeys and heard about how each of us were kind of...well... girl crushing on each other!  So we finally took the plunge and asked each other out.  We had a coffee at Prefab (we're so predictable) and talked about what we do and were mutually inspired.

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MEET SALLY HETT

If you were to be stranded on a desert island and you had to take one person with you, who would it be and why? Answer: My momma coz she is my rock DJ (her favourite song also). 

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FEATURING GEORGIE MUNN

Other than cutting shapes on the dance floor? I spend most of my spare time reading a lot of books, repairing all my tatty vintage clothes, cooking elaborate meals and drinking fancy beer. 

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MEET TAYLA BROWN

We're chatting with Tayla, who most recently took on our second course in Auckland - Saturday mornings in Epsom!  Laying in the sun on the beach at Mission Bay (with burgers and pizzas because we couldn't choose one), we hit her with the heavy questions.  Like "CATS OR DOGS, GO."  Read on!

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The Best Things in Life Cost $35

A while ago, I remember standing on Vivian Street waiting for traffic to pass and I was chowing down an apricot pastry before a class as I was starving.  I went to Moore Wilsons; I saw the bananas but I also saw the pastry (it was an easy decision).

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Feature on Residents of Welly

We have some big hairy goals for the future.  We love being the best thing about Monday nights.  We say some really entertaining stuff.  If you like dancing to 90's pop, keen to learn how to move like John Travolta and want to focus on what your body CAN do, then come and dance with us!

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Featuring Jen Duff

If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be? Answer: Two things?  Avocados and chocolate covered ginger.  Oh yeah.

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Learning to dance like a 90's Pop Star

We do pride ourselves in being a vehicle for "spontaneous, ridiculous and embarrassing [exercise] where you pretend you’re in a music video."  Thank you for the write up Emma & Sinead!  You made our hearts flutter and we can't wait to share the joy of Shut Up & Dance around the country.

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Thanks Auckland!

We're excited to announce that regular Shut Up & Dance classes will be starting in Auckland in September.  Buy tickets to our Auckland Dance Classes and prepare yourself for the most fun you've had breaking a sweat.

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