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Things to Do in DC This Week August 24-26: ’80s Prom, Free Yoga, and a Singalong

Here are the best events around town.

There's a 6 AM dance party happening this week. Photo by Travis Vaughn.


YOGA: If you want to check out a performance at the Kennedy Center without paying a hefty price tag, nothing beats the free shows at Millennium Stage. Tonight, they’re doing something a little unconventional: Local studio Yoga Heights presents #Yoga4all, a basic introduction to the discipline. In addition to watching a demonstration, attendees will have the opportunity to do some yoga themselves. Not a bad way to unwind on a Monday night. Free, 6 PM.


MUSIC: Sing your heart out with A People’s Choir DC. Each month, the self-described “casual singalong” chooses a theme and asks anyone and everyone to join them in song. There’s no sheet music required–only the desire to get together, belt some tunes, and have fun. The choir’s theme this month is “motion”; they’re performing at DC9. Free, 8 PM.

SHOP: It might be called a yard sale, but you wont find any VHS tapes of Full House here. August 25 through September 7, all five floors of the Mansion on O Street will be open to the public for a unique shopping experience. Items for sale include memorabilia, sculptures, furniture, and funky vintage jewelry. Bucking typical yard sale traditions, anyone dressed in costume gets a five-percent discount off their purchase. Free, 10 AM to 7 PM.


FILM: The Washington Jewish Film Festivals Screen Giants Summer Series presents the intense crime drama Dog Day Afternoon. Based on the true story of a newbies first bank robbery attempt gone awry, Al Pacino is untouchable as Sonny Wortzik, the unlucky criminal who’s trying to get himself out of this mess unscathed. Festival tickets arent sold for individual films, so youll get to see two movies for the price of one. The series runs through August 30, which gives you plenty of time to check out the other great films in the lineup. $13 for two films, $25 for all four films, 8:30 PM.

DANCE: When it comes to 6 AM dance parties, there are two schools of thought: Its either a brilliant way to perk up before shoving off to work, or its the most obnoxious scenario imaginable. For those of us with the first mindset, check out Daybreaker–an international movement dedicated to shaking up the way we spend our mornings. The idea is to get you grooving early: Grip the Mat will let you try their unique brand of yoga, and Riide will bring bikes to share, all while local DJ Will Eastman ensures you have music to dance to. Coffee, tea, juices, and snacks will be provided. $30 for yoga and dance party, $20 for the dance party, 6 to 9 AM.

MUSIC: It’s time to bust out those acid-washed jeans: The ’80s are alive and well at Town Danceboutique on Wednesday. You Spin Me ‘Round: An ’80s Prom features DC vocalists Bayla Whitten and Warren Freeman and dance party maestro DJ Shea Van Horn who will be bringing you their interpretations of ’80s hits. Attendees will also have the opportunity to learn real Broadway choreography by actual Broadway dancers. Here’s hoping it looks a little something like “Thriller.” $30, 9 PM.