Covid-19 has hit dance culture hard – but the party can go on | Tim Lawrence

As UK coronavirus restrictions deepen we can find new ways to share the ecstatic, communal joy of music

Last night a DJ probably didn’t save anyone’s life – but not through lack of want or need. Among the many calamities of the pandemic, one of the underreported ones is the sweeping obliteration of social dance, particularly in its most popular form: dancing to the selections of a DJ.

Raising concerns about party culture at a time when so many lives and livelihoods have been lost might seem facile. Opinion largely views DJ-led dance culture as a self-indulgent, frivolous, non-productive pleasure. It encourages participants to escape the world rather than engage with it.

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