Dance like no one's watching; sing like you mean it; and immerse yourself in childhood games
Sing along with Mary Poppins at the Astor Theatre
It’s exactly like it sounds: karaoke-style screenings of Mary Poppins and Grease. The words appear on screen so everyone can give it their best Newton-John or Dick Van Dyke. Cnr Chapel St & Dandenong Rd, St Kilda 3182. (03 9510 1414). $13.
Feel no shame at No Lights No Lycra
All kinds of dancers gather in the dark for some self-proclaimed ‘daggy dancing’. Do the Shopping Cart, the Sprinkler, or even the dreaded Egyptian without fear – no one can see you. St Mark’s Anglican Church, Lvl 1, 250 George St, Fitzroy; 49 Nicholson St, Brunswick East. Tue 7.45-9.15pm in Fitzroy; Wed 7-8.30pm in Brunswick. $5.
Do the twist at Anna’s Go-Go Academy
Learn to go-go like Elvis, do the ‘Pulp Fiction’ like Travolta, and even try the ‘Pony’ like that crazy neighbour lady who doesn’t close her curtains. The Bendigo Hotel, 125 Johnson St, Collingwood; Bella Union Bar, Trades Hall, 2 Lygon St, Carlton; The Victoria Hotel, 380 Victoria St, Brunswick . (0402 769 515). Tue 7pm & 8.30pm in Collingwood; Wed 6.30pm in Carlton; Thu 6.30pm in Brunswick. $12.
Flashdance at the Bodyelectricdancestudios
With more than 200 dancers and nine separate dance groups, 2012 will be a blockbuster year for Jade Duffy’s lycra-and-leg-warmer dance school. Each term ends with a show-stopping public performance. Classes held in Fitzroy. New term starts 6 Feb, check website for availability and fees.
Hit the high notes at Glee Club Singing
Can’t carry a tune in a bucket? Don’t let it keep you from singing pop songs at the top of your lungs. Guaranteed to make more sense than the TV show Glee. The Butterfly Club, 204 Bank St, South Melbourne. Tue & Wed 6.15pm. $10.
Get glam with the Real Hot Bitches 80s Dance Troupe
You can catch the Bitches’ performances everywhere from roller derby halftimes to the Spiegeltent. But why not also learn their 80sfuelled dances? Bring your leotard. Men can be bitches, too. Irene Community Arts Warehouse, 5 Pitt St, Brunswick East. Every other Tuesday 7pm. $5.
Groove randomly at the Portable Dance Portal
Cranked up headphones: check. Green man saying the intersection’s safe: check. Dance your heart out for commuters: check. Is it a flashmob? A pop-up studio? Who cares? Just dance, damn it! Various intersections around the CBD. Semi-monthly after work. FREE.
Rally spirits with Wildfire Cheerleading
If you’ve discussed the relative merits of Bring It On versus Bring It On 3: In It to Win It – and who hasn’t? – shake your own pop-poms at the 2012 Wildfire try-outs. 3D, 433 Smith St, Collingwood. (0415 093 199). Sat 4–6.30pm. $20.
Promenade at Jaybees Square Dancing
This ain’t your grandpa’s square dancing. OK, OK – it’s exactly your grandpa’s square dancing. And maybe you’ll have your own Harold & Maude moment as you learn to do-si-do. Girl Guide Hall, Bogong Reserve, Bogong Ave, Glen Waverley. (03 9590 0550). Thu 7pm. $8.
Step heel step heel at Tap Dancing Academy
At Glamour Puss Studios' classes for beginners, a love of sequins is essential but ‘two left feet optional’. 8 Martin St, St Kilda; Lvl 1, 119 Swan St, Richmond. (03 9824 1343). Various days; first lesson FREE.
Take a soul journey at 5Rhythms Dance
Dance your way through the five rhythms of ‘the Wave’. Ninety minutes of therapeutic movement later you’ll be so blissed out, we’d wager you’ll be ready for Spiritual Speed Dating. Locations in Fitzroy North (Tue) and Toorak (Thu). (0408 881 557). 7.30pm. $15.