| Teresa Dapp |
London (dpa) – The dance floor shudders to the thud of the bass, the dancers raise their arms in the air, singing along to the music.
Eibhish, 26, surrenders to the rhythm, his eyes closed, as the sun slowly rises over the Thames, lifting the mist enveloping London’s Tower Bridge.
The young Irish woman will leave the party in around an hour to go to her job teaching Shakespeare to youngsters from deprived backgrounds.
“This is my first morning rave,” she says. “I would never have believed it – such a good atmosphere, and everybody sober.”
Morning Gloryville, as the new party trend that has caught on over the past year is called, relies on coffee and fruit smoothies to keep its devotees going.
ABOVE & BELOW: Dawn ravers dancing at a ‘Morning Gloryville’ party in The Oval, a London club. Guest enjoy coffee and smoothies instead of energy drinks. Most will be heading to the office after the dance – PHOTOS: DPA
There is no one sneaking off to the loo to drop ecstasy.
Everything is out in the light of day, including the heavily tattooed man doing his yoga in the corner.
“We want a new approach to celebrating,” says Dajana Trtanj, 31, an organiser who was in at the birth of the Pre-Work Party trend in May 2013.
“You turn 30, you’re busy, you have children, you can’t get wasted all the time any more,” she adds. Several of the men and women have brought their children.
“And it’s great exercise, a substitute for running in the morning. Give it a try. You’ll see. After a while you feel all happy,” says the professional actress, who doubles as “lead thespian” at Morning Gloryville events in east London.
But you have to get up early. The queues form outside the club doors at 6.30am, before most commuters have even started their journey to work.
The decor with its balloons is reminiscent of a child’s birthday party. Assistants dressed as angels work to enhance the positive atmosphere. Free massages are on hand.
At 10.30am the party is over.
Jessica, 24, is attending her fourth morning rave, despite an hour-long pre-dawn trek across town.
The teacher has plenty of time to wind down, scrub off the blue-green glitter and swap her leopard leggings for more conventional attire for her first lesson, which is in the afternoon.
She hardly stands out here, competing for attention with several unicorns, a goblin in a dressing gown and a bee. Fancy dress is in.
Morning Gloryville has expanded well beyond London to venues in New York, Tokyo, Zurich and Paris. Bangalore in India is next on the list and Trtanj says there are plans to take dawn dancing to trendy Berlin too.