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Dancing dead 

Port City Events’ Zombie Hop has the DJs of Heavy Petting getting gothy and dark, but just as danceable.

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I don't tend to go for sexy-noun Halloween costumes, but with Port City Events teaming up with dance-party impresarios Heavy Petting for The Zombie Hop, it might be time to break out the glitter-bra.

Why should Halloween revellers should come out to the Company House this Friday? "To see me try to dance in six-inch heels, of course!" says Disco Elitist (AKA Jeffrey Liberatore), laughing. Elitist and his killer heels are coming back to Halifax this weekend to join partner in dark disco, DJ (and Coast contributor) Simon Thibault, for a sweaty, un-dead dance party, and we're all invited.

Liberatore and Thibault are joining forces with Port City Events for this latest installment of the dark disco parties they started throwing at the Company House in February of last year. The long-time friends share a love of dance music and culture, and wanted to pay respect to the ideals of post-Stonewall queer culture with a night where, as Liberatore says, "dancing and self-expression went hand in hand."

The music they play, which ranges from classic early African imports like Babatunde Olatunji to contemporary standouts like Mykki Blanco, is meant not just to get people moving, but also to let them into a world of groove they might not even know about.

"We wanted people to have access to all this music," Liberatore says. "We wanted the Heavy Petting soundtrack to change every month." Thibault echoes this, when he says Heavy Petting came to be because they "wanted to have our own party, to hear the records we loved, to do something like a living room dance party, but bigger." Given how packed the dance floor has been with sweaty, happy, sexy people over the last several months, it looks like lots of folks want to dance in Heavy Petting's living room.

On Friday, the duo will be spinning their favourites as always, with an even darker twist. "It will be a little goth, a little dark disco. Moody, but sexy," promises Thibault, so while you can expect classics like "Thriller" and "Somebody's Watching Me," don't be surprised if you find yourself gyrating to something Liberatore calls "awesome avant-garde horror disco."

As always, the focus is on throwing a party where, even during this particularly spooky time of year, everyone feels safe and free to be whoever they want to be

The Zombie Hop
Friday, November 1 at 9:30pm, $7
The Company House, 2202 Gottingen Street

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