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Metrobus to become Silent Disco Dance Party venue

Party bus? Organizers are planning a Silent Disco Dance Party aboard a Metrobus this Saturday. (Robert Thomson -- The Washington Post) Party bus? Organizers are planning a Silent Disco Dance Party aboard a Metrobus this Saturday. (Robert Thomson — The Washington Post)

If you’re looking for a little something different to do this weekend, we’ve got something very different for you.

A Silent Disco Dance Party on a Metrobus.

This Saturday, folks will meet up near the Takoma Park Metro station for what is being billed as “Public Danceportation: Silent Disco on the Metrobus.” They’ll don wireless headphones, board a Metrobus and for about an hour or so dance to their heart’s content. Other bus passengers may see these folks making dance-like moves, but they won’t hear any music. After all, that’s the whole point of a Silent Disco Dance Party.

Thanks to DCist for tipping us off.

Organizer Barry Silber’s company Silence of the Jams has held a number of Silent Disco Dance Parties through the D.C. region. The parties are a way for folks to enjoy dancing and music without annoying the neighbors.

This isn’t Silber’s first foray into the world of WMATA.  Last year, he and fellow dancers turned a train on Metro’s Red Line into a moving dance club. Silber said it was a great success.

“It was fun – most people who watched were very interested in the spectacle,” he said.

But like any smart businessman, he’s always looking for something a little different. Hosting a party on a moving Metrobus, “added [a] level of complexity and interest,” to the event, he said. Silber’s Facebook followers also seemed to like the idea.

Metro has been a popular venue for a variety of stunts and performers.  There’s the “No Pants” Metrorail ride, part of a worldwide event. And there was the pastor from Centreville, who entertained riders during the holiday season by singing Christmas carols on the trains traveling throughout the system. Caroling flash mobs also have been spotted on the rail line from time to time. We’ve got a call into Metro officials to see what they think of this newest event.

Silber said dance party participants aren’t there to make trouble. They’ll follow all rules. If it turns out they can’t dance in the bus aisles, they’ll make due with dancing while sitting. He’s expecting about 20 people. Information about how to sign up is available here.






Lori Aratani writes about how people live, work and play in the D.C. region for The Post’s Transportation and Development team.



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