Begun in 2006 in New York City, the female-only cult phenomenon known as Dance Dance Party Party™ (DDPP™) has spread across the world and right here to the Big Smoke, the 416, Hogtown, aka Toronto. Unlike typical workout or dance classes, Dance Dance Party Party™ has no instructors, no fitness goals, and nothing to prove. There are only three rules in the room — no boys, no booze, and no judgment.

DDPP™ is the creation of Glennis McMurray and Marcy Girt; the two friends loved dancing at the clubs with gal pals, but loathed cover charges, getting hit on and reeking of alcohol and cigarettes the next day.

The set-up is simple: an hour and a half of booty-busting tunes, a dance studio or other room with the lights turned low, and women willing to let go. Although McMurray and Girt began the class on a whim, they found it struck an unexpected chord. “DDPP started as a way to work out and have fun without the conformity of a gym – how often have you heard your favorite song while you’re on the treadmill and wanted to hop off to do a real running man?” said McMurray. “But it has morphed into this amazing revolution of sorts where women come to find that little girl inside us all who just wants to have fun!”

Attendees can even sign up to “Guest DJ” by creating a custom mp3 playlist. Anything and everything goes from Broadway to hip-hop to 80’s hits (along with a cool-down song at the end); 20 or so songs that will get everyone up and moving. Ladies are encouraged not only to DJ but to give themselves a killer DJ name. (Favorites include DJ Tanner and DJ Roy G Biv DeVoe.)

Through word of mouth alone, over a dozen DDPP™ chapters have cropped up all over North America and internationally. Women around the world are responding to this liberating atmosphere where they are free to goof around, shake their bodies without objectification and feel good about who they are.

Chicago Tribune reporter Monica Eng wrote, “Why we decide to reveal our inner spaz to this room of mostly strangers is unclear,” and concludes DDPP™ is “a buttload of fun.”

(this “about” info was totally stolen with love from the Mothership; check the home-base of DDPP™ here.)

press coverage!
“Get Down Girls,” Globe & Mail
“A Dance Workout that’s for Girls Only,” Best Health
Q&A with Crissy Calhoun, Globe & Mail

15 thoughts on “About

  1. Hello,

    Dance Dance Party Party! I love the idea!

    Do you need to pre-register for the dance session on May 31?


  2. Hi Nicole! Thanks for the comment 🙂

    No need to pre-register for the 31st. Just show up!

    Hope to see you there!

  3. Hi
    is there an email list to join, I would like to be added for the Toronto group!
    ps how HOT is the studio today, are there a few fans,,,,, as in fans for the heat not the music!!! 🙂

  4. Hey Jude! sorry i missed your comments til after the dance party! the studio is air conditioned and there are two fans in there so it was totally cool … until we started dancing and worked up a sweat. but that happens all year round!

  5. Ladies!

    My friends and I simultaneously fell in love with the concept of DDPP the moment we read about it in the G&M. (We’re talking 6-7 women in their 50s, actors, artists, writers, etc.) But we’ve had the damndest time tracking you down.

    Do you have an email list you can put us on?

  6. I am interested in starting a DDPP chapter in my area (Chatham-Kent). Could you help me ~ where do I start ~ where do I get music, etc. ????
    Thank you.

  7. Hey Stacia,
    The next one will be sometime in January — haven’t sorted out a date yet. The age range is pretty wide — we’ve had teenagers to 60-year-olds at the same session but I’d say most of the participants are in the 20-40 range. Everyone is welcome!

  8. February 13th 2011 possible list Toronto
    1.Do Wah Do Kate Nash

    Say it right Nelly Furtado

    It feels So good Sonique

    Wind it up Gwen Stefani

    4. Bamboo Banga M.I.A

    5. Big Time Sensuality Bjork

    6.Astounded BranVan 3000

    7. Marvellous Dragonette

    8.Got Your Number Nadia Oh OMFGG Gossip Girl soundtrack 2008

    9.(Operator) A Girl Like Me Shiloh

    10.Hot Mess Cobra Starship

    11.Little L Jamiroquai

    12. Hey Baby No Doubt

    13. Lady Marmalade All Saints

    Give it up to me Shakira

    14. Drummer Boy Debi Nova

    15. Feel Your Love Alanis Morrissette

    16. Wikked Lil’ Grrrls Esthero

    17.Boom Boom Pow The Black Eyed Peas

    18. World Go Round ft. Estelle Busta Rhimes

    19. Get Right Jennifer Lopez

    19. I’m every woman Chaka Khan

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