Early morning dance party lands in Austin

An early morning dance party created in New York, now in Austin provides an alternative to the nightlife scene.

Americans have been considered to be some of the most overworked people in the entire world -- giving up certain relaxation time -- to get work done. However, there is a new outlet that just arrived in Austin that can help people kickstart their work day in a weird way.

Radha Magrawal lives in New York and started to get tired of the nightlife scene through time as well as the negative qualities that are associated with it.

"We were sort of overcome by how nightlife had gotten overrun by drugs and alcohol and everyone on their cell phones," Magrawal said. "We wanted to create something that was clean. Something that was community driven."

So Magrawal and a friend created Daybreaker in 2013. This is an early morning dance party that provides the same energy, music and dancing as a club -- but starting at 6 a.m.

"It's really pure fun," Magrawal said. "We've become so segmented, and our goal is to really bring back the intergenerational communities."

These dance parties are alcohol-free and also are supported by local artists and musicians from wherever Daybreaker takes its services. Eli Clark-Davis works for Daybreaker with Magrawal in New York City, and he said this also provides a safer atmosphere for those people who like to dance.

"People are really embracing it around the country," Clark-Davis said. "This all just came from the frustration of nightlife. There are a lot of people that don't feel confident going out there. There is going to be a lot of creepy things going on, as well as just unsafe. We've created a space where people can fully express themselves and get completey into it.

Clark-Davis also brings up the fact that Magrawal and her team looked into the science behind starting your day in a positive way. They call it the "Daybreaker Dose." They say your body releases your brain's natural "happy chemicals" through this early morning dancing, which consists of dopamine (getting up early), oxytocin (receiving hugs), serotonin (upbeat music) and endorphins (excercise from dancing).

"People end up dancing harder here than they do on a Saturday night," Clark-Davis said.

For Magrawal, as her company continues to expand well beyond New York City, she hopes to see the makeup of people at these parties continue to be diverse.

"Let's stop calling ourselves Millennials, Generation X, Generation Z or Generation Y," Magrawal said. "We are all the same thing here."

Magrawal plans to schedule a Daybreaker party once a month in Austin, as it debuted Wednesday, May 10. To learn more about the next Daybreaker event, you can visit daybreaker.com.

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