“Putting the social back into life for non-drinkers”: Connecting through Conscious Clubbing Dance

  • Hill, K. (Speaker)
  • Mattias Johansson (Author)
  • Emma L. Davies (Author)
  • Smith Joanne (Author)
  • Kyle Brown (Author)

Activity: Academic Talks or PresentationsConference Presentation


Individuals abstaining from alcohol consumption or recovering from
dependency frequently report social contexts encourage consumption.
Conscious clubbing events exclude alcohol and drugs, but little is known about
potential benefits. This study provided an in-depth, qualitative insight into
conscious clubbing event experiences. 12 conscious clubbing event attendees
and facilitators aged 25-55 from across Europe participated in semi-structured
photo-elicitation interviews, analysed using thematic analysis. Participants
provided conscious clubbing artefacts or photographs to prompt responses
related to pre, within and post event experiences. Participants provided rich
descriptions, with main themes highlighting how conscious clubbing enhanced
health, healing and growth, aiding recovery from substance dependency and
trauma. Participants positioned conscious clubbing dance as a modern ritual,
with symbolic and ritualistic preparations and experiences promoting
storytelling and self-discovery. Connecting through unchoreographed but
synchronised movement, participants engaged in powerful liminal journeys and
transformative experiences detached from life constraints. Importantly,
inclusive conscious clubbing communities provided a sense of meaning and
belonging away from substance use pressures and harms, far beyond events
themselves. This was particularly important for those marginalised within
society. Findings provide in-depth insights in relation to conscious clubbing
dance event benefits and experiences, providing novel harm prevention
implications. For example, such events could be incorporated into workplaces
or Universities and future research should consider participatory barriers, event
sustainability and misconceptions to increase participation.
Period1 Nov 2023
Event titleClub Health 2023 Liverpool International Conference
Event typeConference
Degree of RecognitionInternational