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How to get the (dance) party started

Call it the evolution of flash mobs: Two lifelong friends from Vancouver are on a mission to get the whole world dancing in the street. Tom and Gary, creators of Decentralized Dance Party, tell us how they inspire strangers to meet up and get down.

When DJ Baauer released "Harlem Shake" without a video, versions of the dance went viral, including some underwater, on army bases and on the street on Trousdale Parkway, L.A., California (above); Photo by the Daily Trojan

When DJ Baauer released “Harlem Shake” without a video, versions of the dance went viral, including some underwater, on army bases and on the street on Trousdale Parkway, L.A., California (above); Photo by the Daily Trojan

Our seven commandments of successful partying

By Tom and Gary

1. The clothes

Partying is all about letting go of your inhibitions. Kick-start the process by throwing on a ridiculous costume. Do not attempt to party in normal clothing or to look cool, because nothing is cool except having fun.

2. The props

Take the party to the next level by dragging out the trampolines, Rollerblades, jump ropes, pogo sticks, beach balls and musical instruments.

3. The music

Play infectious, high-energy stuff that will force everyone to sing and dance. Play the songs people know and love, as loudly as possible.

4. The moves

You might think dancing is hard. Not so. Just stop thinking, let go and allow the music to be your master. You’ll instantly be having fun and others will be inspired. Here’s the secret to dancing: Just bend your knees, one leg at a time. Try it — right now.

5. Connect to your inner kid

As children, we constantly climb on, jump off and explore everything. We run, scream, sing, dance and play as hard as our bodies will allow; then we grow up. Partying can help channel our natural fun-seeking, creative impulses.

6. Location, location

Dark places lower inhibitions, although sunglasses can be a viable alternative. Party lights and fog machines also work. It’s better to party outdoors, because there are fewer restrictions and everyone is free to get as wild as possible.

7. Pump up the energy

People drink a lot at parties when the parties are boring. If the party is good, the atmosphere alone will help people lose their inhibitions and drive the energy to ridiculous heights.

For more inspiration from Tom and Gary or to join the dance party revolution and find the next party near you, go to decentralizeddanceparty.com.