Chicago’s ladies-only dance party celebrates the empowerment of women by donating all class proceeds to Chicago Foundation for Women.
CHICAGO, Ill. November 16, 2016 —
“Dance, when you’re broken open. Dance, if you’ve torn the bandage off. Dance in the middle of the fighting. Dance in your blood. Dance when you’re perfectly free.” ― Jalaluddin Rumi
It is in the spirit of Rumi that Dance Dance Party Party, the Chicago-based women-only dance party, announces their annual fundraising drive. Given the climate of this year’s election and the shared dedication to continue diligent work to empower, promote, safeguard, and embolden women, DDPP chose the Chicago Foundation for Women (CFW) as the 2016 fundraising beneficiary.
Each Wednesday, from 7-8pm, and Sunday, from 4-5pm, women from across all corners of the city and suburbs, from varied backgrounds, professions, demographics, and abilities gather for an hour of not just judgment-free exercise but also for the cathartic expression of being surrounded and supported by women. For the months of November and December, 100% of all class proceeds, including the $5 admission fee and the annual holiday extended co-ed event, will be donated to the programs and women-focused initiatives of CFW.
While the tone of DDPP classes is casual, irreverent, and laid-back, the dedication to providing a safe, comfortable, and judgment-free atmosphere for women to express themselves through dance and movement remains the driving force.
The DDPP set-up is simple: an hour of booty-busting tunes, a disco-light infused dance studio, and women willing to let go. Music is provided by attendees who sign up to DJ by creating a custom mp3 playlist. Like the ethos of DDPP, when it comes to music, anything and everything goes, as long as it is 60 minutes and includes a warm-up and cool-down song. Ladies are encouraged to not only to DJ but to give themselves a killer DJ name, and of course to enjoy the three simple tenets of DDPP: no booze, no boys, no judgments (of yourself or others).
Through word of mouth alone, over a dozen DDPP™ chapters have cropped up all over the USA and internationally. Women around the world are responding to this liberating atmosphere where they are free to goof around, shake their bodies without objectification, and feel good about who they are.
“This year has left many historically marginalized and disenfranchised groups—namely women—bruised, battered, and broken in spirit. DDPP wanted to remind women that together we are a force to be reckoned with,” says DDPP Den Mother Jennon Bell Hoffmann, aka DJ Bell Biv deHo. “To that end, we are excited to put our money where our dance shoes are by supporting CFW.”