Club music could be heard bouncing out of NAGA in Cambridge. Inside people are dancing as a DJ plays some of the most popular electronic music around and some people are even hula-hooping. It looks like regular night at a club, however, it isn’t. It’s Thursday morning and everyone is dead sober. All of it is for Awake Boston.
Awake Boston is throws sober morning dance parties across the city. They want to provide a holistic environment that fosters collaboration to create a shift in business culture towards relentless generosity, humility, mutual support and sustainable growth.
It all started when Stef Porcaro and Hillary Bucklin met in Cambodia while they backpacking through the country in 2013. Both said they were inspired by the country.
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“There were such good vibes there,” Porcaro said. “I didn’t want to leave.”
As a way to keep the good vibes rolling, they developed Awake Boston.
“We wanted to create an event about art, love and positivity but something where people don’t abuse alcohol and drugs,” Porcaro said. “This is fun and different. Something to shake up the morning 9 to 5 routine.”
Thursday was their 4th event so far since the creation of Awake Boston. There were about 50 people at the event. It’s start at 6 a.m. with an hour long yoga session which Porcaro considers vitally important.
“It gets people use to abstract movements with their bodies. It loosens people up and get them ready to dance,” Porcaro said.
From 7 a.m. to 9a.m everyone dances the morning away.
“Everyone is smiling. It’s such a positive environment. It’s contagious fun,” Porcaro said.
“I love to dance and dress up but I am a morning person,” Chris Connolly, of Somerville, said as to why she came.
According to Connolly, the best part of the morning was the free breakfast and hula-hooping. She said everyone should give it a shot at least once.
“Imagine you are paying for a brunch where you get to dance with your friends to amazing music and then head off to work like nothing happened. You can be a raving super hero! Do it,” she said excitedly.
Porcaro hopes Awake Boston becomes more prominent in the city as they grow.
“We want to make it consistent and sustainable,” Porcaro said. “Eventually, we would like to have other events in other cities.”
Awake Boston is planning on having another event in July or August.