How do girls dance at raves

How to dance/interact with girls at raves or concerts? : aves

Hey y’all hope everyone is doing great! This question has kinda been burning inside me after these last few festivals/concerts I’ve been to. I do want to preface this all by saying that I truly go to these things for the music and the atmosphere especially if I can be there with some friends. Whenever I go I always have a schedule that I follow for djs I need to see because I am first and foremost there to get lost in the music to some of my favorite DJs. And yes very likely am under the influence of something lol. Usually there hyping up with friends or even some people around me. And honestly having a blast with it. Some of the most enjoyable memories I’ve had are at these.

However, there’s something that I’ve taken notice to the last few I’ve been to one. It’ll be in the middle of whatever set I am at, I’m probably rolling, dancing (if you can call it that), and having a good time all while facing the stage. But I’ll notice a group of girls in front of me. One will kinda be standing directly in front of me while the others stand to her sides. Now I usually try to keep my space as much as I can in a crowd cause I’m doing my thing there and I want others to be able to do theirs too. But with this situation I’ll notice the girl kind of get closer to me (won’t look at me) and her friends will give glances at me. I’ll do nothing cause I just assume maybe they think I’m acting silly or creeping so I’ll try calm down and back up a bit. But sometimes either she’ll keep backing up or the friends will switch spots and the same thing will happen with the new girl. Eventually nothing ends up happening, they’ll go somewhere else and give me looks while leaving. It’s usually around then that I realize I may have dropped the ball and they may have wanted to dance.

Now I know this is partially (or mostly) a self confidence problem. I use to be obese but in the last year I’ve got that in check and I’m maybe average looking at best. But some of these girls are waaaaaay out of my league so I kinda just assume they don’t wanna dance to begin with. Shocked they’d park themselves in front of me instead of other objectively better looking people around me. And I know there’s the possibilities that maybe they were just there and left for a better spot or maybe they did think I was weird but I’m almost positive some wanted to dance with me.

I just don’t even know what to do cause I would love to dance with one of them. I’ve never approached cause I don’t wanna feel like a creep. But if a girl is giving off those signs that I’m so clearly missing I don’t want her to then think I don’t wanna be around her (cause I do if she’s interested) or that I think something is wrong with her.

This usually happens in the middle of a set too so it wouldn’t be great to talk. How do I initiate? I don’t know what I would say. I don’t even know how I would dance with her. Would I dance next to her? Grind? (which seems aggressive to initiate on my end to start) And then even what happens after that?

I know this is mostly just a personal hurdle that I need to get over myself and figure it out but some general guidance with the questions in the last section would be amazing. And I guess just knowing any general signs of interest too? I’d hate if I initiated and it ruined someone else’s time or was creepy for them. And on top of that if she was interested would love to vibe with a pretty girl. I know this was long but anything helps and thank you!

11 Essential Rave Dance Moves For Beginners

When you want to have a good time, rave parties are almost always a top answer. If you’ve never been to such a party before, the scene can look hectic and a bit intimidating.

But really, though it may look complicated, rave dance moves are actually pretty easy to learn. Rave is different from other forms of dancing in that it’s a free-form, improvisational dance. In theory, you can dance however you want. There’s no “wrong moves” here.

Nevertheless, learning some basic, popular dance moves can build up your confidence and allow you to enjoy the party more. This guide can show you the gists!


  • 11 Essential Rave Dance Moves To Learn For Beginners
    • 1. Running Man
    • 2. Break Dancing
    • 3. Jump Style
    • 4. Apple Picking Move
    • 5. Melbourne Shuffle
    • 6. House Stepping
    • 7. Liquid Movement
    • 8. The Stomp
    • 9. Glowsticking
    • 10. Gloving
    • 11. Hakken
  • Rave Dancing Tips
    • Focus On The Music
    • Just Relax
    • Pay Attention to What Other People Are Doing
    • Be Creative
  • Final Words

11 Essential Rave Dance Moves To Learn For Beginners

For newcomers, it can be beneficial to learn these basic types of rave dancing. It will give you an idea of how to start when the music comes up and you’re on the stage. The extra confidence that it gives you will be an added bonus, too.

1. Running Man


The Running Man is a move that you can pull when you’re stuck in the middle of a large crowd of ravers. Aside from being simple, you also have the added benefit of it being a static dance move. You merely dance in one spot without moving.

There are two counts to this move. When practicing at home, start slow and say each count aloud. Progressively get faster until you feel natural.

  • Count 1: Lift your right knee to level with your waist.
  • Count 2: Bring down your right knee. Halfway through the right foot’s downward movement, lift your left foot’s heel and slide backward on the ball.

Repeat the two counts, but this time on your left foot (raise your left knee to waist level on count 1, then lower your left foot and slide your right foot backward on count 2).

To make it easier to visualize the movement as you practice, imagine you’re walking or running in place. That’s exactly what you’re doing, anyway!

2. Break Dancing

Break dancing (or simply breaking) looks a lot more impressive on stage than Running Man.

Hop up on your right foot, then cross your left foot in front of the right and tap it on the floor. Repeat this motion with the other foot using a double hop.

If you want to add a bit more flair to the movement, you can cross your foot once, then shoot out to the side. That will make the dance a lot more exciting.

3. Jump Style

The basic description for this style of dance is hopping and jumping around with your foot raised, while your arms are kept hanging loosely by your sides. A simple beginner pattern involves five counts.

  • Count 1: Hop up with your left foot and kick your right foot forward. Raise your right foot by about a foot high in the air.
  • Count 2: Retract your right foot and repeats the first movement.
  • Count 3: Switch your foot: hop on your right foot and kick forward with your left foot.
  • Count 4: Hop on your right foot again, but this time, kick your left foot backward.
  • Count 5: Hop on your left foot and kick your right foot backward. Keep it low.

You can repeat this simple dance sequence how many times you wish. You can mix up the movements or combine them with other moves to flesh out a jump-style dance routine of your own.

Jumpstyle is best done to the beat of hardstyle or gabber music, with a tempo ranging between 140 to 150 BPM.

4. Apple Picking Move

Similar to the Running Man move, the Apple Picking Move is very easy to learn and highly visual. When you dance, just imagine yourself plucking an apple from a tree overhead.

  • Raise both of your arms as high in the air as possible, then drop them down.
  • Sync your up-and-down movements to the rhythm of your feet.
  • To add flair to the performance, you can spice it up by shaking your head and mixing in some other dance moves.

Do anything that you can do, so long that it suits the beat of the music and the mood.

If you practice in front of a mirror, the dance could look a bit silly. But don’t worry, that’s part of the magic of a rave dance (and a rave party). You’re not at all expected to look good. The “prime directive” is to have fun!

5. Melbourne Shuffle

Now, we’re not going to lie to you: the Melbourne Shuffle is a pretty advanced move. As such, don’t be discouraged if you don’t nail it on the first try. If you’ve had previous experience with hip-hop or breaking, learning this move would be a lot easier.

The Melbourne Shuffle is basically a mixture between the Walking Man and the Moonwalk. It involves very limited movement of your upper body. Most of the magic is produced by the legs and the arms as they sway in a natural, yet fluid, walking motion. Typically, the dancer will first face a singular direction before they begin to dance.

It is considered a flat-footed, stomping dance. While you’re caught up in the music, you can also add in pirouettes when the beats suit the move, too.

Do note that the Melbourne Shuffle takes up a lot of space. If it’s too crowded around you, it’s best not to execute it. You’d be at risk of colliding with somebody. In case you do want to try it out, you should seek a sparse spot in the crowd.

6. House Stepping

House stepping, like its name suggests, is best done with the backing of house music (Progressive House, Electro House, et cetera). This dance move simply involves raising your left and right foot up and down to the beat of the music. Your arms should be raised and your elbows tilted.

House stepping resembles Latin dance and Tap dance. Plus, since it requires a lot of upper-body movements, house stepping is basically the mirror opposite of the Melbourne Shuffle.

7. Liquid Movement

The Liquid Movement is definitely the toughest rave dance move that you can possibly learn. It’s most suited for people with high flexibility and previous dancing experience.

Liquid Movement is an off-shoot of more traditional break-dancing. When you’re breaking, popping and locking with your feet and hands are expected.

Not so with Liquid Movement. The moment you look too mechanical while executing this move, you’d look out of place immediately. Liquid Movement is all about dancing as fluidly and as naturally as possible to the music, which is why experts at this dance move are often called “octopuses”.

Liquid Movement uses the entirety of your body to simulate the sense of fluidity, which is why a high degree of body flexibility is required for people hoping to execute this dance move.

8. The Stomp

The Stomp is yet another simple and visual dance move. Imagine yourself treading on thick snow. Move and stamp your feet from side to side to the beat of the music.

That’s all there really is to the move. It’s a great opener or beginner move. Combine this with the Running Man or Apple Picking and you got yourself a pretty solid basic rave dance routine.

9. Glowsticking

For Glowsticking, you’re going to need some extra accessories. Particularly, you will need some glow sticks (also called rave lights). They can be battery-operated or chemical glow sticks. It doesn’t really matter so long that they glow.

Hold one stick in each hand and dance. Usually, glow stick dancers favor Liquid Movement dance. The fluidity of the dance, when combined with the glowsticks, makes them truly alluring on the dance floor. Even though raves aren’t really about attracting attention, if that’s what you set out to do, it’s a sure-fire way to attract the eyes of other party-goers.

Experienced glow stick dancers may swirl or juggle the sticks around to create a visual feast for other guests. Some attach glow sticks to thin cords and spin them around to create beautiful wheels of light in time with the beat of the music. This type of dance is called “poi”.

If you manage any of that, you’d definitely be the star of that night’s show.

Glowsticking is one of the four light-oriented dances out there.

10. Gloving

Gloving, like Glowsticking, is a light-oriented dance. Instead of using glow sticks, the dancer uses small LED lights attached to their fingertips (hence the term gloving) to make attractive visual patterns.

Because the literal highlight of the dance lies in the diodes attached to your fingertips, gloving is basically a rave dance with your hands and fingers. You will want to incorporate movements that make your hands and fingers stand out as much as possible.

Liquid and digits moves, for example, where you move your body fluidly while also constructing hypnotizing patterns with your finger digits. Finger tutting is also worth looking into if you’re serious about learning Gloving. It’s a dance style that involves intricately moving the fingers around, which will be further accentuated by the fingertip diodes.

11. Hakken

Hakken is a dance style originating from the Dutch hardcore and gabber dancing scenes in the 1990s. The term Hakken is derived from a Dutch verb, which means chopping and hacking.

Basically, the dance is a derivative of zapateo, but with fewer airborne movements. You perform tiny steps with your feet to the rhythm of the bass drum in the music.

Similar to the Melbourne Shuffle, the lower body plays the most important role in this dance style. However, it’s not unusual for Hakken dancers to incorporate their upper body movements into the routine, too.

Hakken is a very high-speed dance. The music (called hakmuziek) can have a tempo as high as 190 BPM. It’s going to take some work to be able to catch up to the beat.

Rave Dancing Tips

Focus On The Music

The music is the most important part of the raving experience. Let the music take full control of your movement. Listen to the beat and let the rhythm and the inspiration take over you. Swing your arms, move your feet, and sway your body in a way that makes you feel most comfortable with the music.

Don’t mind people observing you too much. Once again, the important thing is to have a good time!

Just Relax

Raves are all about letting loose. If you look too mechanical or rigid in your movements, you’re not experiencing the party to the fullest. Plus, rigid movements look very awkward on the dance floor. The more relaxed you are, the more beautiful your movements will be.

It’s entirely okay to feel a bit uncomfortable and self-conscious if it’s your first rave or you’re a naturally shy person. In that case, we recommend attending your first-ever rave with friends or people you trust enough to let loose around. Once you’ve become more comfortable, think of attending or dancing solo.

Pay Attention to What Other People Are Doing

Raves are a social event, so keep an eye out for other people in the crowd. Look at what others are doing. When you find yourself out of ideas for your next move, imitating others is a good tactic to fall back to and keep the fire going.

Be Creative

There’s really no framework or structure to rave dancing. It’s all random up there and you can dance however you like. If you want to put a lot of effort into your dance moves, practice by yourself at home and watch plenty of videos online.

Once you’ve mastered some basic moves, think of improving on these moves with your own twists. Be creative! Who knows, maybe you’ll end up inventing a dance move that ravers in the future will learn about.

Final Words

Raves are an excellent way to let loose and have fun after a hard week. Allowing yourself to get lost in the music and the intense energy of the night is a wondrous feeling. With these basic rave dance moves, you’re more or less ready to attend your first of many rave parties in the future!

Hopefully, this guide has served you well. If you have any other questions you’d like to ask, leave them in the comment section below and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

My first rave: how to go to a party and not screw up

If you haven’t been to any rave yet, and the words “Kyiv is the new Berlin” mean nothing to you, we tell you how to start hanging out and do everything right .

We talked to Roman Paramonov, who attended 16 raves - from Schema, Rhythm Buro and Plivka to LOW party and Strichka festival. Roman is 20 years old, he is a student of the Kiev-Mohyla Academy, he is writing a term paper in sociology on the topic “The social origins of rave culture”.

Roman told how to properly prepare for the party, what to wear, how to dance, what music to listen to. And also about inner freedom and liberation from the routine that the dance floor gives.

The first rave in a coma

I got to my first rave quite by accident, at the age of 16. We were celebrating a friend's birthday, and on the same evening one of the first "Schemes" was held. Someone from our company offered to see what was happening there, and we went. My friends were older than me and had already been to raves, but I went out of curiosity. I had no idea then that this would be the start of my big rave trip.

I certainly didn't look like a person who knows where he's going. I was wearing a black shirt with white dots, a black striped cardigan that fastened with one button and ended at the belt of my dark jeans, and I had Nike AirMax on my feet.

Then music without words was something incomprehensible to me. I did not feel the dynamics of the development of the tracks, I did not understand the plot. At my first party, I danced some kind of “cha-cha-cha” and did not understand at all how to move to this music. I looked at all this with the thought: “Well, what's so special about it?”, And after two hours I got completely bored and I just started poking back and forth. It was some kind of scam. Just a month later, I thought that there was still something in this, I decided to try again - and it worked for me. Since then, I have hardly missed parties.

How to get ready

There are things you always need to think about in advance. First of all, look at the line-up of the event so that you can answer tricky questions during the face control. You may be asked, for example, who is playing tonight or how you knew there was a party going on here. As a rule, water and food cannot be brought in, so it’s better not to bother, but to look in advance where the nearest grocery store is, where you can eat during the party.

The most important thing to take to a rave is fucking sunglasses, because otherwise your eyes will start to hurt from special lighting effects. Also think about where to put your phone, apartment keys and money so that all this does not stop you from dancing. The ideal solution is a banana on the belt instead of a belt. Instead of a wallet, it is better to take a certain amount of cash and a bank card so as not to weigh down the banana. Usually I take UAH 300 and one card with me.

Also think about who you will go with. I've never seen people come to a party alone. During dances, people still disperse and dissolve in the music, finding their own rhythm. The company is needed in order to start together, find each other after, return together to the real world and go home.

The main thing is to come with the right attitude. To come and get stoned is not an option, there is no point in it, because you will not remember anything. The whole buzz of a sober rave is that you remember all the sensations. In order not to screw up, you need to free yourself from the reality that is here and now.

How to dress

Once upon a time I wore only black clothes to parties, but over time I realized that I wanted something more interesting and brighter, but sneakers have always been my hobby. I go to parties in air-soled sneakers, God bless Phil Knight0033 [co-founder of the Nike brand — BZ] .

There is no dress code at raves. In fact, almost complete darkness reigns around, and you see only the silhouettes of people who are dancing. When choosing clothes, first of all, you need to think about convenience.

If a T-shirt, then one that does not stick to the body and does not have to be wrung out of sweat like a rag. If pants or shorts, then such that they do not fetter in movement. Sneakers can be air-soled, but the main thing is that the shoes should be comfortable after a long walk and long dances.

Lately the trend is vintage 90s, people are trying to recreate the atmosphere of the underground raves of those years, so many people dress “old school”. Basically, vintage and rare items are bought at second-hand stores, although sometimes they can also be found among the popular mass market.

Comfort is very important, thanks to it you move away from the real world and immerse yourself in music and movement. For me, going out for a smoke break during a party is like returning to reality for a while.

How to dance and what to listen to

Rave is a story about individuality. You don't have to follow someone else's example. You need to find your movements, close your eyes and surrender to the dance - the body will do everything for you. Turn one of your fingers the other way or turn your foot in a different way, and you will already be different from the rest.

At one of the raves, I danced for 8 hours straight and never went outside. At another party, I danced with my eyes closed under the stage, and after a while I ended up at the very end of the hall. You move, people rub against each other. You can even accidentally hook someone, but you still won't be told anything.

Everyone feels and hears music differently. Recently, DJs have been adding body percussion to soundtracks. That is, live pops, clicks and crackles appear among synthetic sounds - this allows you to immerse yourself in the atmosphere even more and reminds you that the real world still exists. Music is a kind of drug. If you find your rhythm, then, like a surfer, you will get into the wave and start to “slide” awesome.

At all times different techno music played at raves. It used to be less technologically advanced, but today DJs have more cool modern equipment and programs for creating sound tracks, and the tracks are becoming more diverse.

My favorite DJs are Inga Mauer, Max Cooper, Yana Woodstock, Lil Louis, AUX 88 and Amelie Lens - they are all techno artists. Apple Music or Soundcloud will help you find the music you need. The first one has techno selections that are updated every week, and the second one, when you search for techno or rave, you can find cool young DJs or great mixes of famous artists.

Rave is music without words that "sings" about liberation. You are freed from everything that oppresses you: from problems, inequalities and discrimination. You are not divided into white, black, green or red, because no one cares who you are. You come and become part of a tribe where a DJ is a shaman.

Everyone dances in their own way, there is no common style. The main thing is to surrender to the music, the rest of the body itself will tell you.

What happens at the rave

Inside the rave, all people are one big company. There is no aggression, because everyone came to rest from the real world, routine and fuss. This is a community in which everyone knows each other in absentia. You can go up to any person and ask for water - at a get-together everyone always shares with each other.

You can easily meet a people's deputy here. Recently, I saw my teacher at a rave, who just the other day gave me lectures and seminars, and today we are on the same dance floor with him.

I remember how one girl stripped down to her shorts, climbed onto some kind of parapet and just danced. There was another dude we called "propeller arms", he was waving his arms very strongly, but it was so cool that I don't even know how to repeat it.

There are people at the rave who stimulate themselves with various substances. I think that music without drugs is enough to get into ecstasy. You need to go with the right attitude and understanding of what you want to get from the party. It comes with experience.

After a rave on the way home, I always keep listening to music on my headphones until I close my eyes in bed. This helps to avoid unnecessary noise in the head. After a rave, you always wake up fresh and renewed. Often there is a slight krepatura, but then you start the day with the clearest head possible.

About rave culture and main clubs

Rave culture has become a real discovery for Ukraine. After all the bloody events of the revolution and the beginning of the war, people wanted to forget at least for a while, to abstract from pain and oppression.

Each of us lives in a constant routine: study, work, stress and problems, which causes mental burnout. When you get to a rave, all the accumulated fatigue comes out of you in the dance. For me, this is an opportunity to be free. Some people find it at the gym or on a run, I found it on the dance floor.

There are enough good parties in Kyiv: Scheme, Rhythm Buro, Low party, Plivka, Osnova, Closer, parties at Otel’ and Mezzanine. I go for everything. The quality of parties in Kyiv has grown a lot in recent years. The organizers understand what the audience wants, create comfort and atmosphere.

In Berlin, raves have long migrated to clubs, but we continue to hang out in hangars, factories and under bridges.

Low party - more than just a party, techno pioneer DJs play there. A very atmospheric and worthwhile party that everyone should go to.

Rhythm Buro - these are parties that take place in secret places, the organizers keep the intrigue to the last and send the place of the party on the day of the event. Usually both foreign and our DJs play. One of the best hangouts in the country.

Scheme is the most popular Kyiv rave. You should definitely get there, because there is always a complete separation.

Osnova - good domestic DJs play, parties take place in different locations and admission is cheaper than other events.

Closer are the most aesthetic parties, but it is very difficult to get there if you are under 21, but by some miracle I managed to pass and even visit the Strichka festival. Usually there are many foreigners among the guests, light techno or house music plays.

Photo: Yuly Kudlanyk. Thanks to Closer for assisting with filming

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How rave dances in a stopped world — Snob

The creators of the Moscow project Pole may seem like absurd optimists: to launch a fashionable space with electronic music in the midst of a pandemic and in a country where relations between rave and the state are, to put it mildly, not easy. At the moment when music and dancing stopped for an indefinite time, they reinvented their brainchild, giving it the name "Social Club", where people have the opportunity not to lose their horizontal connections in a world that has lost them. Dmitry A. Bykov, on the instructions of "Snob", went to study a new point of attraction

Photo: Mitya Lyalin

It's not easy to enter Polje. The Yamskie Polye district in Moscow is traditionally industrial. It is easy to get lost among construction sites, identical buildings and fences. During the day you can still figure it out, but at night it is very difficult. And yet there is a sure-fire landmark—the gleaming gold tooth of the former Golden Palace Casino, which now exists in the form of the Golden Girls strip club (“121 girls for sophisticated guests,” the ad promises) and a string of equally dubious karaoke and restaurants.

You need to go through the 3rd Yamskoye Pole without being tempted by the cheerful hustle and bustle at the basement club BiziBar (girls in colored silk blouses are drunk - from 22 to 23 they get a drink for free; boys, not much more sober - white top, black bottom - arrange playful brawls ). You go further, further, to the barrier in the arch opposite the golden columns of the former casino. It is dark and quiet here, and a gloomy guard walks around the drooping validator. Don't pay any attention to him, just go ahead. As if you have been working in one of the hundreds of local offices for a long time.

At first it will seem that you are definitely going in the wrong direction. It is deserted here and only some incomprehensible electric buzz is heard. You are not at ease, you are looking for at least some signs in the semi-darkness - and then on one of the identical buildings you see a saving rhombus, in each corner of which there are letters, which add up to the word "field". You go further, see another rhombus, another - and finally you hear creaking and hooting, the sounds of piles being driven, as if one of the buildings suddenly remembered its industrial past. Here there is an exit to the "Field" - after a couple of guards, who will ask about "stabbing-cutting-forbidden", they applaud in a friendly way and let you into a small courtyard.

Photo: Mitya Lyalin

The Pole club was launched at the end of 2021. At that time, the Stereotactic team, which had long since found itself in the raver gentrification of industrial urban spaces, was full of hope. She already had successful launches of pop-up clubs like "Ema" and "Krugozor", about which it was customary to say: "like in Berlin." The same people took part in the creation of the legendary festival Outline (which was loudly canceled in 2016, not without the participation of officials), and also made parties in the already disappeared "Arma" and somehow still existing "Mutabor".

In an interview that was published shortly after the opening on the Afisha Daily website, the creators of the Field said that after wandering they found a more or less permanent home - the building of the former Nauka research and production association, where they once made spare parts for space industry (and communication with space is extremely important for every rave). And that the space, when stationary, does not lose mobility, because it remains modular: if you wish, you can arrange a cozy party in a small room, or you can open all three floors, add a yard - and throw a whole festival.

At the same time, the "Field" was not called exclusively a club or a concert venue - the creators spoke of it as a "cultural center" and "experimental and creative association." And the "Field" really united: at the opening, freeriders rode here (there is a small ramp in one of the rooms), they planned to open a whole floor for a media laboratory from the Sila Sveta studio (lectures, master classes, grants for young artists), attract Moscow restaurateurs and chefs cooks (there is a whole buffet here), call foreign artists, and not only electronic ones, but also just relax and have fun ...

As early as February 23, Polya's telegram announced a party with the participation of an Italian trans deconstructor. And then the channel went silent for a few days. And already on March 17, he announced the test launch of the "Social Club" - "a new place for peaceful meetings to give Muscovites a chance to breathe a little and gather strength, put their thoughts in order and get to know each other again." Music, of course, also remains a part of the new project, but not as an end in itself, but only as an occasion and background for communication.

I'm going to Joy's party at the Social Club. Confused, wandering, but still discovering the entrance. A friend of mine is sitting on the face, who used to sit at the gates of all techno frenzy like "Rabitsa", which was violently dispersed by the police a couple of years ago. We have a conversation with him: I notice how his look has changed, how he himself stooped - this was not the case with him even after the dispersal of the Chain-link. He does not bother to smile, if only out of social politeness, and at my stupidest question “How are you?” replies with the most serious look: "The world has stopped. " Probably not the best start to a party.

Photo: Mitya Lyalin

However, inside, not everyone seems to know about the stopped world. Smokers are chatting merrily in the courtyard, inside the bar is besieged by the public, above which fan-like lamps are lit in red neon. Concrete, old bricks in the walls, some kind of curtains, narrow aisles, an empty room by the toilets for an incomprehensible purpose. Two techno-cobras are dancing in a small opening - they have their own party here. Around chairs, armchairs, stools, benches, sofas, seats from the assembly halls. People really sit and talk. In a small hall with a ramp, there is another bar, DJs and a dance floor. Sounds industrial-techno, but not fast and not deafening.

I meet another acquaintance: swaying to the beat, we find out who and where. A friend asks if I was already on the second floor. "And what's in there?" - "Never mind. And a wardrobe. I go up to the second floor - a spacious hall intended for a media laboratory. It's completely empty here. Only there are some old screens, a pair of dwarf gilded lions, light is streaming from a small wardrobe, and next to it is an electronic scoreboard with a running line: “Well, nothing ... nothing ... Well, nothing ... nothing ...”

Another friend of mine is calling - he has already arrived and, unlike me, has not gotten lost. In the buffet/dining room with an open kitchen next to the dance floor, we have kebabs and french fries with cheese sauce. There's also rum baba with custard, but actually we're at a rave, what kind of custard are you out of your mind? In the bar we drink tinctures with wild names (apple - apple with rowan).

It's still difficult to get on the dance floor, not because you're shy, but because it's hard to explain to yourself - why dance now? Is this normal? After all, “the world has stopped”, and we are with it, right? There are more and more people, it is no longer a crowd, but a single organism. And then something familiar emerges from the roar (the DJ has long ceased to be delicate) - a breakbeat remix for "They won't catch up with us. " And we become part of this organism. And when the track of rapper Alyona Alyona starts to sound, the audience roars furiously. And it becomes clear that dance is not entertainment, but a natural physiological need of a free person. And there is no better social therapy than to dance out of yourself all that has accumulated ...

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Pole club reopened on May 20th. There was a big party, a lot of people, the longest lineup, several dance floors, it was loud and fun. But I didn't go. And he came the next day, on Saturday. It was very quiet, sleepy, there were very few people, and the party did not seem to want to start. My friends arrived, we were talking, sitting in the dining room, and I finally decided on a rum baba...

The creators of the "Field" tried for a couple of weeks, but could not get in touch with me. First they prepared for the restart, then they got tired of it. Well, nothing, nothing ... But they asked me to tell you that now their space will work at full capacity: finally, undeveloped spaces will be mastered, including the veranda in the courtyard, there will be film screenings, workshops and lectures from the Beat Film Festival, once a week the actors of the Workshop Brusnikina will arrange storytelling performances here, promise collaborations with gastropubs, jazz festivals, vinyl markets, and so on and so forth and so on.

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