A Creative Alternative To The Morning Gym

Workers kick-start their day with a dance party

By Kia Croom, May 27, 2015

(SFGate) Instead of waking up to morning coffee, some Bay Area employees are waking up to go party. Early-morning parties help them get up and start their workday on high note — or good foot, since there’s lots of dancing involved.

The parties provide a high-energy, dance club atmosphere minus the booze. Instead of alcohol, patrons enjoy smoothies, coffee, massages and dare we say, yoga! Yoga fans are advised it’s a BYOM affair—that is bring your own mat. Parties start as early as 6 a.m. and are generally over between 8:30 and 10.

When asked the purpose of the wildly-popular event, Morning Gloryville San Francisco head producer McKenzie Brill explained: “We want people to come wake up with us and get good, positive energy going that will stay with them throughout the workday,” Brill said. “Our customers enjoy themselves so much they hate to leave and go work, but leave in a great mood.”

Brill says the event is frequented by employees of all industries including teachers, physicians, techies, health and wellness practitioners and more.

Attending the party before work has
a number of benefits according to event patrons,
who report leaving the events “awake,” “revitalized”
and with a “high level of energy.”

Melanie S., an employee of a San Francisco-based biotech company recently attended her first event produced by Daybreaker San Francisco earlier this month. She described the event as a great “pick-me-up” that helped her get through a long workday.

“It’s funny because after the event I rushed to the office for a long, routine meeting. Instead of struggling to stay awake, yawning, fidgeting, I was actually wide-awake and very alert,” she said.

“The party was on a Hornblower yacht— a great way to start the day,” she said. “The sun was bright, people were dancing up a storm. Some were in costume others in plain clothes or work clothes. The best part about it was the event ended around 8:30, which gave me plenty of time to get to my office.”

Michael G. a sales engineer for Brightcove enjoys Morning Gloryville events before work. He describes how he shifts from party mode to work mode. “I pack my work clothes, shower and change at work,” he said. “Or I just work from home that day. I’ve done that once or twice as well.” Both Melanie and Michael plan to attend an event next month.

In June, both Daybreaker San Francisco and Morning Gloryville San Francisco will host anniversary parties.

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