Awake Boston is Coming to Umbra Prime Restaurant

This sober yoga and dance rave will pop up monthly around town.


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Wake up Boston, there’s a sober dance party waiting for you.

Yes, that’s right. There’s a 7 a.m. Thursday morning dance party. And if you’re really feeling ambitious, you can show up at 6 a.m. for a yoga class before hitting the dance floor.

The name of the early morning event is called Awake Boston, and it’s as quirky as it sounds. It’s a rave like dance party with live DJ’s to get you dancing and feeling the music. It’s designed to leave you feeling refreshed and energized to begin your day.

“This is a place to come in as you are, have fun. It’s one big dance party,” says Hillary King, a founder of Awake Boston.

The morning yoga session will be led by Sports Club/LA Boston yoga instructor Lee Skunes. During the two and a half hour dance party, participants can also enjoy smoothies, coffee, tea, and snacks.

Boston natives King and Stefane Porcaro founded the idea for Awake Boston after backpacking through Cambodia.

“We had many dance parties on the beach, in the jungle, with the crew of people that worked on the island,” King says. “We noticed a trend of people taking drugs and drinking a lot to enjoy the music.”

While contemplating an alternative solution to drunken dance raves, the duo visited an event in London that was essentially a wake-up dance party. Thus came the idea for Awake Boston.

“This is a way for people to take their energy to the dance party, get dressed up, and excited,” King says. “We want to let those people take this energy and apply it to their life, rather than a hangover.”

Umbra Prime Restaurant, 295 Franklin Street; Thursday September 18; 6 a.m. dance party and yoga, $21; 7 a.m dance party, $16. For tickets, visit Awake Boston.