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You're Invited to AARP's Free Daybreaker Live: A Totally Rad 80s Dance Party

Grab some summer joy (and exercise!) with The Weather Girls and Tiffany

A Totally Rad 80s Dance Party

Miss going out dancing? We thought so, which is why AARP is teaming up with Daybreaker, the global morning dance movement with over 500,000 participants, for Daybreaker Live! A Totally Rad 80s Dance Party on Saturday, Aug. 21, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. ET.

Tune in via Daybreaker's Zoom video chat platform to join a fantastic virtual dance party and kick up your heels in safety at home, joined by Tiffany and The Weather Girls. Don't miss out!

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How the dance party works

Get ready for some easy, smile-inducing fun. Here's how it works:

11 a.m.: A beginners’ aerobics warm-up with Viva Soudan — no experience required! — will give everyone a chance to get footloose and in the mood with the body roll, the dance move that starts at your head, goes down through your belly and all the way to your hips. Express yourself!

11:20 a.m.: Daybreaker star Elliott LaRue will kick off the dance party itself, with ‘80s favorites from New Wave to Hair Metal. Live performances from The Weather Girls and Tiffany will bring back the days of “It's Raining Men” and “I Think We're Alone Now.” The party runs through 1 p.m. ET, and participants of all ages and abilities are invited to this free event (advance registration required).

In other words, get your kids and grandkids to join you in the fun!

What to wear

Wear whatever outfit puts a spring in your step. But if you want to really dazzle everybody on the interactive Zoom cam, leg warmers, acid-washed pants and teased hair are right on trend for that MTV-fueled decade.

Why dance parties are fun and good for you

A dance party is seriously good for you at a time when it can be more challenging to get exercise. A report from the AARP-founded Global Council on Brain Health shows that music and dance are effective treatment tools for a wide range of age-related conditions, including Parkinson's disease and dementia. They stimulate the brain, relieve stress, build social connections and combat the isolation that plagues so many these days.

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What could be better than music or movement? The two combined, says John W. Krakauer, director of the Center for the Study of Motor Learning and Brain Repair at Johns Hopkins University. “Synchronizing music, which many studies have shown is pleasing to both the ear and brain, and movement — in essence, dance — may constitute a pleasure double play,” Krakauer wrote in Scientific American. Simply put, music stimulates the brain's reward centers, while dance activates its sensory and motor circuits.

And while exercise in general has many positive effects on well-being and health, a study of 479 adults 70 years and older published in The New England Journal of Medicine in 2003 showed that of 11 physical activities (including cycling and swimming), only dance lowered dementia risk.

Remember to RSVP!

More than 90,000 people have jumped for joy in these AARP Daybreaker events. Get in on the fun by registering no later than 10:50 a.m. ET on Aug. 21, the day of the event. Here's the link to register.

Tim Appelo covers entertainment and is the film and TV critic for AARP. Previously, he was the entertainment editor at Amazon, video critic at Entertainment Weekly, and a critic and writer for The Hollywood Reporter, People, MTV, The Village Voice and LA Weekly.