More than a Dance Party, Daybreaker is a Movement to Foster Connection and Joy

Written By Gina Margillo
April 19, 2024 at 1:42 PM

In February 2024, Daybreaker in Miami featured world-renowned DJs, mocktails, and dancing. Photo courtesy of Daybreaker.

As Covid subsides, countries are experiencing a more quiet, insidious pandemic–that of loneliness. Although loneliness was exacerbated by Covid, and pushed to the forefront of public health, it certainly existed before. In 2018, with an understanding of the physical and mental costs of isolation, from depression to dementia, the United Kingdom appointed a Minister of Loneliness. A year before that, the former U.S. Surgeon General, Vivek Murthy, named loneliness as our public-health “epidemic.”

That’s where Daybreaker comes in. Daybreaker is a dance party that started with 180 people in Brooklyn and has evolved into a 31-city, global phenomenon with over 800,000 participants. Daybreaker will be bringing their “Peace Tour” to The Miami Beach Bandshell on May 12, 2024.

The concept is simple and compelling. People dance with reckless abandon to renowned DJs, do yoga, and attend mindfulness sessions, in an alcohol-free space to foster wellness, connection, self-expression, and joy. Although Daybreaker gained a reputation for its early morning events, the event at the Miami Beach Bandshell will begin at 6:30 PM and run until 10:30 PM. The event, hosted by EmCee Elliot LaRue, will feature the artists Sah d’Simone, Issa Maillikat, Deepak, and Aryeh-Or Katz. Expect non-alcoholic cocktails, strong coffee infused with grass-fed collagen protein, and consciously crafted sparkling hop water. Attendees are encouraged to wear white.

There will also be an opportunity to register to vote in preparation for the November election.

Daybreaker Miami participants practice yoga as part of the day’s events. Photos courtesy of Daybreaker.

Now in its tenth year, the Daybreaker movement was founded by community builder, author, and wellness innovator, Radha Agrawal. In a 2021 interview for Forbes Magazine, Agrawal summed up her motivation for creating the initiative; “I’ve watched how we are living in states of collective trauma and moving up the rung to states of collective ‘okayness’. But collective ‘okayness’ is not enough to really meet the edges and magic of this life. To practice and rise up to collective joy – now that’s the alchemy of our human existence that makes life deeply meaningful!”

The movement also includes the creation of a non-profit organization, The Belong Center, that will open community support centers around the US to combat social isolation. The concept has received backing from well-known folks such as Ping Fu (Burning Man, Cirque du Soleil), Randall Mays (Live Nation), and Kimbal Musk (PayPal, Tesla).

In the future, fans can expect other dance focused, alcohol-free events with themes of deepening our connection with nature, and events to support biohacking happiness.

What: Daybreaker Peace Tour

When: May 14, 2024 6:30PM-10:00 PM

Where: Miami Beach Bandshell 7275 Collins Avenue MB 33141

Cost: Price ranges from $15-$40


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