Don’t you miss going out dancing? AARP is teaming up with Daybreaker, the global morning dance movement, for Daybreaker Live! A Monster Mash-Up Dance Party on Oct. 16 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. ET. Tuning in via Daybreaker’s Zoom video-chat platform, you’ll get a chance to join a fantastic virtual dance party and kick up your heels in safety at home, joined by The Swayzees and Blue Öyster Cult (“Don’t Fear the Reaper” and “Burnin’ for You”).
How the dance party works
Get ready for some easy, monstrously exhilarating fun. Beginning at 11 a.m., a Thriller-inspired dance warm-up by Pixie Aventura — no experience required! — will give everyone a chance to get limber, channel your inner werewolf and get ready for zombie shuffles. At 11:50, Daybreaker star Elliott LaRue will kick off the dance party itself, which will feature howling good tunes spun by DJ St. James Joy and special performances by The Swayzees and Blue Öyster Cult that will keep you in the dancing spirit. The party runs through 1 p.m. and participants of all ages and abilities are invited to this free event (advance registration required).
What to wear to the party
Wear whatever outfit puts a spring in your step. But if you want to really dazzle everybody on the interactive Zoom cam, we recommend you wear your ookiest, kookiest Halloween costume and dust off your dance moves for a chance to show us your skills on the interactive dance cam. Don’t miss out!
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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. The AARP-founded Global Council on Brain Health’s report reveals that music and dance are effective treatment tools for a wide range of age-related diseases, including Parkinson’s and dementia. They stimulate the brain, relieve stress, build social connections and combat the isolation that plagues so many of us these days.
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.
Earn reward points while dancing!
There are even more benefits: Monster Mash-Up Dance Party participants can sync their fitness tracker through AARP Rewards to earn 750 rewards points while dancing during the event.
Remember to RSVP!
More than 75,000 people have jumped for joy in these AARP Daybreaker events. Get in on the fun by registering by 10:50 a.m. ET on Oct. 16, the day of the event.
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.