Looking for a safe space where you can unwind, enjoy some awesome music, rhythmic dancing and inspiring company? A place where adults and children of all ages are welcome to participate and freely express themselves through movement? Then you need to go to one of Dan Levin’s ‘Defrag Dances’.

DJ Dan at working his magic in front of his audience.

Dan has been hosting this unique alcohol-free event on the last Friday of every month at the De Wet Hall in Onrus. It allows you to destress from your busy day for two and a half hours, leaving all your worries behind and regaining your inner balance through dance and music, enhanced by inspiring visual effects. Dan blends old and new music, with a playlist that ranges from ambient and gentle, to funky and energetic. The money that is raised from selling refreshments at the event is used to help a crèche in Zwelihle called the Little Fishes.

Dan is assisted by renowned Cape Town VJ, Imagemasterblink (who is well-known from Afrika Burn, Vortex and Rocking the Daisies), muscle man Emmanuel Jambi (a strongman contestant), Deon Swart (who starts the evening off with a melodic percussion instrument called a ‘hang’) and James Prain, who leads the attendees in Qigong: a system of co-ordinated body-postures and movement, breathing and meditation.

Dan, who studied music therapy in Vancouver, Canada has been living in South Africa for the past 15 years and moved to Hermanus with his wife, Angie and daughter, Safia last December. His love of music and his work as a therapist led to him having a huge mix of music which he wanted to share with people. He decided to DJ at venues and found a huge demand in places such as cocktail lounges and wine estates. Apart from his music work he helps run the family business, ‘Life Alignment’, a transformational healing system of body, heart and mind, which they started in Canada before moving to South Africa.

Imagemasterblink, DJ Dan and Emmanuel Jambi outside the De Wet hall in Onrus

Dan’s Defrag Dances will leave you feeling relaxed, refreshed and energised, ready for anything that life throws at you. Enhancing both fitness and self-expression, dancing not only services your joints and muscles, but also your mood and mental fortitude. This is your opportunity to indulge in musical euphoria and to find your own rhythm while defragging your nervous system.

The next Defrag Dance will be hosted on the last Friday in September (27 Sep) in The Barn at Crystal Kloof near Stanford. R100 gets you into this non-alcohol event. Proceeds go towards the Stanford Extra Mural Arts programme. Contact 082 667 9232 to book your spot.

Visit ‘Defrag Dance’ and ‘Stanford Mardi Gras’ on Facebook for more information. There will also be an after party at the same venue after the Mardi Gras Festival in Stanford on Saturday (28 Sep), featuring DJ Dan and the drumming group, Djembe4All.

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