Citizens of Melbourne, they walk among us.
And while they may look just like you, talk like you, and go to work like you, they have a secret identity. They are the dancers of Body Electric, an amateur dance troupe made up of everyday folk who twice a year bedazzle themselves in unthinkable volumes of body glitter and sequins, and strut their stuff on stage in front of crowds of screaming fans.
Founded by local dance teacher and choreographer Jade Duffy, Body Electric began just over a decade ago and from humble beginnings has grown into a legendary Melbourne institution. Originally made up of just a handful of dancers, now Body Electric comprises hundreds of people from across Melbourne who head to Body Electric’s Collingwood studio each week to learn high-energy choreography set to iconic pop bangers.
Their performances are a high-camp spectacle, with each of the 10 classes of 24 dancers displaying a distinct theatrical concept. Performers construct their own costumes, and the eye-popping creativity of this homemade fashion has become one of the shows’ biggest attractions.
So who are these secret dancing divas? Well, they’re everyone. They come from all walks of life, professions, ages, cultures and nationalities. Ahead of their biggest performance to date, 'Let’s Go Crazy' at the Forum on December 15, Time Out caught up with five of Body Electric’s members to find out why they love to move.