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Shake it out

Newly teetotal Lucy Fry discovers the heady joys, and healing powers, of dancing sober at a rave

Remarkably, it is 9am on a Saturday morning when I walk onto the dance floor for my first sober rave. My whole body is stiff with dread and self-doubt: why did I come here? While I do have some early childhood memories of boogieing freely around the living room, I soon learned to worry too much about what other people thought of me. I became overly concerned with how I was perceived by them, and whether I might look silly or ungainly. Throughout my teens and 20s, my sense of being, monitored by an invisible camera – my inner critic and persecutor – worsened, until now, at the age of 35 and teetotal, I am here, wanting to break through my self-consciousness and discover something that is more instinctive and carefree.

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