Begun in 2006, DDPP is the creation of New York City residents Glennis McMurray and Marcy Girt. The two friends loved dancing at the clubs with gal pals, but loathed cover charges, getting hit on and reeking of alcohol and cigarettes the next day.
The set-up is simple: an hour of booty-busting tunes, a dance studio or other room with the lights turned low, and women willing to let go. Although McMurray and Girt began the class on a whim, they found it struck an unexpected chord. DDPP started as a way to work out and have fun without the conformity of a gym how often have you heard your favorite song while youre on the treadmill and wanted to hop off to do a real running man? said McMurray. But it has morphed into this amazing revolution of sorts where women come to find that little girl inside us all who just wants to have fun!
Attendees can even sign up to Guest DJ by creating a custom mp3 playlist. Anything and everything goes from Broadway to hip-hop to 80s hits (along with a warm-up song at the start and a cool-down song at the end); 15 or so songs that will get everyone up and moving. Ladies are encouraged not only to DJ but to give themselves a killer DJ name. (Favorites include DJ Tanner and DJ Roy G Biv DeVoe.)
Through word of mouth alone, DDPP chapters have cropped up all over the USA and internationally. Women around the world are responding to this liberating atmosphere where they are free to goof around, shake their bodies without objectification and feel good about who they are.
DDPP is currently overseen by the Chicago Chapter. If you'd like any more information, please contact us by emailing ddppchicago[at]gmail[dot]com or by clicking on the CONTACT page above.