NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – The latest workout trend has participants partying not at night, but before they head into work.
As CBS 2’s Mary Calvi reported, the sunrise rave known as Morning Gloryville, happens before most people go into work in the morning and is part of what organizers call “conscious clubbing,” meaning the event is without drugs or alcohol.
Annie Fabricant is the chief New York “glory agent;” she calls the monthly breakfast-time dance party a “rave-olution.”
“We’re doing it without alcohol and a few hours a month and look how uplifting this is,” she said.
For those accustomed to the typical after-hours dance scene, Morning Gloryville is a different vibe, Calvi reported.
“Generally, raves have like a semi-dark edge to them and this one is just all happiness,” rave participant Rachel Abbott said.
For a $20 entrance fee, you can get your exercise through dance, center yourself during a yoga session and get the knots out at one of the event’s massage stations—all before having to head into your morning meeting.
“People come here in the morning and they go out into their day and they share those vibes with like everyone around them,” Fabricant said.
The goal of the rave is to boost spirits and health. Local vendors also serve up smoothies and doses of freshly-ground coffee.
Anna Simpson says for her, the experience is like a New York Mardi Gras.
“Everyone has such good energy,” she said, “[it’s] a great way to start your day.”
“People are really warm. There’s a really good vibe going on there, really solid energy,” fellow participant Fubi Kulkarni said.
The event originated in London last spring and parties like it have launched in 12 cities across four continents since.
Fabricant says the warmth and excitement she sees comes from a larger “mindfulness movement.”
“I feel free, I feel happy. I feel…yeah baby, give it to me,” Simpson said.
The last Morning Gloryville rave was held at the Green Fitness Studio in Brooklyn.
The next event is scheduled for September 17.
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