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Breakfast Club: The Most Important Meal of New Years’ Day [DMNW Review]

New Years’ may have been a week ago, but we are still riding the dancing vibes that carried us into 2018. This year at Monkey Loft’s Breakfast Club, we rang in New Years’ Day running between not two, but three, dance floors, including soaking in the sun at the outdoor stage. The event, put on by Shameless, continues to deliver year after year, with 12 hours of continuous dance from 4 am to 4 pm on January 1.

The 3rd dance floor is new to The Breakfast Club, and in the case of dancing realestate – more is more. More space, more beats, more friends to groove with; we were fans. The newest stage featured blue tinted skylights that made the whole room feel like a fishbowl. It was an awesome sensory experience to feel enclosed in your own electronic dance bubble. That, in addition to the outdoor space where we were once again blessed with pockets of sun, set the stage for an energetic collection of beats to carry the party.

With so many great spaces to grove, we were torn between all the different beats the lineup of more than 15 DJs had to offer. From 90s inspired mixes to future bass to deep house and more, our ears were perked and our feet were moving. Hearing Trev Campbell spin a mix of “Lovely Day” at the Rooftop stage with the sun shining and the crowd vibing together might have been the highlight of the day.

Day parties (especially those in the winter, and outdoors), always bring a great variety of flair, this year’s event being no exception. From onesies to faux (hopefully) fur coats to quirky head gear, the groggy morning hours and cold weather did not stop people from celebrating the holiday in style.

Oh yea, and at one point a live marching band rolled through, of course. Stopping at the various stages, the group of five musicians treated us to a lively intermission of toe-tappers, including a cover of the Blues Brothers’ “Everybody Needs Somebody To Love”.

One other tidbit worth mentioning was the offering of free (“donations welcome”) coffee and muffins; just another instance of Monkey Loft showing us the love.

We’re very thankful to have an event like this year after year to help us with what can feel like a daunting transition into resolutions, responsibilities and the post holiday season. If we only keep one resolution this year, it’s going to be the one we started off with: keep dancing. Lucky for us, Seattle has no lack of opportunities to help hold us to that promise, including many more events at the Monkey Loft.

Hopefully you had an opportunity to celebrate the New Year with dance, but either way, we look forward to seeing you on the dance floor all year long!