Let’s start at the very beginning which is with an answer to the first question I always get when I bring up Daybreaker, “what is that?” Well as described by its creators: “DAYBREAKER is a morning movement that will start your day off unlike anything else. It is about being in the here and now, surrounded by amazing people, beautiful music, and an incredible vibe. It is about dancing your face off before work and feeling gloriously healthy while doing so. It is about love, it is about mindfulness, and it is about mischief.”
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Live on the #blog #daybreaker!! Join me in the EARLY morning this Wednesday for the next edition of #dybrkrDC @unionmarketdc… Starting the day with @GripTheMat & @dybrkr is beyond amazing & I can't wait to do it again!!! (Thanks Margaret Myers/PBS NewsHour for this AWESOME photo)
I first heard about Daybreaker in the media and through friends who live in New York City, where it began, but I was not sure about the hype. Disclaimer: I AM NOT A MORNING PERSON. This is like the understatement of the century. My mother has said that I am a different person, an unkind difficult person to put it nicely, in the morning. Probably has to do with my night owl ways (as I write this it is about 4am) but I digress. I say this to let you know that I find it hard to get excited about anything before around 10am.
On Wednesday, July 8th, Daybreaker returned to DC. I missed their first adventure at Flash DC (one of my favorite spots) but when I heard that they were going to be at Malmaison in Georgetown I knew I had to check it out. Even though it started at 6am. AM. As in before the time the sun rises. But I set three alarms and dragged myself down to Georgetown just in time to join Grip The Mat for their yoga session. A group that combines yoga with social experiences like this Grip the Mat was love at first site. As we twisted and posed I woke up and became present in the experience (sounds cheesy but until then I was basically sleep walking).
After the yoga session we all grabbed some liquids (with options like MISFIT JUICERY, Cold brew from Confluence Cold Brew, RUNA tea, & Capital Kombucha you can’t go wrong), a bullfrog bagel and a KIND bar to get ready for the 2 hour dance party that was about to ensue. DC’s very own Citizen Select brought us the funky disco house vibes. The MC, Haile Supreme, was on the dance floor leading us all through an “epic journey of grooves and amazing surprise performances” You also could cruise in style with free electric bikes provided by DC’s own Riide.
Than the beat dropped and everyone began to dance. The energy and the environment are indescribable!! It was such a natural high and amazing way to start the day. Everyone was happy and sweat and just having a fantastic time. You have to go to understand it and once you do you will wish it was everyday. I had the best day afterwards and I can not wait to do it again!!
On Wednesday (MORNING), July 29th, it’s going down again at Dock 5, Union Market. I’m very excited for this one because Daybreaker resident DJ David Hohme flying in from his world tour to shower us in deep beats, accompanied by a series of surprise musical performances. So pack your mat to start the day getting limber with Grip the Mat at 6am and from 7-9am dance like nobody’s watching!!! (Unlike last time when Annie Yu from my Fox DC caught us all on film).
// Wednesday, July 29th
// Pre-Dance Yoga: 6 – 7 am / Dance Party: 7 – 9 am
// Dock 5 & Union Market: 1309 5th St NE, Washington, District of Columbia 20002
// GET TICKETS HERE — Tickets go fast, snag yours ASAP