It's not often that you get to kick off your day with a rousing dance party, but that's exactly what Daybreaker is all about. An early morning dance movement originating from New York City, the community-driven crusade is bringing a new, energetic way to celebrate active living all the way to Hong Kong.
After a thrilling event last October, Daybreaker is back for more this Saturday at the Maritime Musuem—a no holds barred gathering of positive energy that will have everyone dancing with reckless abandon. We caught up with Rosemary Vandenbroucke, Hong Kong Daybreaker producer and MC, to get a sense of what it's all about.
Can you explain what Daybreaker is to a total newbie?
Daybreaker is a morning dance experience where we come together, in a community to dance our heart out before going to work. No alcohol, no judgements — this is our monthly check in with ourselves where we unlock and self-express. We stay centred around our core values of mindfulness, wellness, mischief, self-expression and camaraderie.
Who is it meant for?
This is for people who want to live a different kind of life — a positive life where we choose to be happy. Daybreaker is something we share with our "F-Yeah friends." These are basically people who are up for saying yes to a little bit of mischief.
Why is it held in the morning and not evening?
Daybreaker is all about taking back the morning — we're inspired by the idea of breaking the day with energy and intention. Also, the energy on a Daybreaker dance floor is so clean. So vibrant. So pure. You just can’t get that kind of energy at night.
What is the Daybreaker DOSE?
Our co-founder Radha Agrawal first coined this term — it's the acronym for the four brain chemicals responsible for happiness. When you dance sober in community first thing in the morning, your brain releases this quartet of happy brain chemicals: Dopamine, Oxytocin, Serotonin and Endorphins. We live our happiest lives when these are releasing and our Daybreaker experience naturally facilitates this release. It's the reason why the energy at every party feels so amazing.
What kind of yoga/fitness class can people expect?
We typically begin with a yoga session with a rockstar instructor to start the morning off with intention. Sometimes we do mix it up with other kinds of fitness. No matter what, it gets everyone in their bodies, and primed for the dance floor. It's also such an amazing wellness practice which is so important to our values and the values of our community.
How sweaty does it get?
It depends on how hard you dance, I guess! No one minds the sweat though, especially when we're in our giant group hug at the end.
Why are health and wellness important to you?
Taking care of the physical body makes us more prone to leading a better, happier life. One of our goals is to sweat, eat and drink with intention. When we shift our lifestyles in a healthier direction, it leads us to feeling even more gloriously healthy and happy.
Why do you think health & wellness is important in a city like Hong Kong?
Prioritising health and wellness makes for a more expansive life — more joy, better connections, better energy. Then we're more fit to ripple that awesome energy we experience by being healthy out into the world. I think people are feeling the benefits of taking care of their minds and bodies. So naturally, they seek more, which is such a great thing to have happening for the world.
Follow Rosemary's adventures on Instagram at @rosemary_vdb.
Daybreaker Hong Kong is taking place February 11, from 10am-12:30pm at the Maritime Museum, Central Ferry Pier No. 8, Man Kwong Street, Central. Tickets are sold out, but you can stay updated on future events on their website and Instagram @dybrkr.