The ‘80s are back and it’s come to teach us how to be bold again. Meet Shannon Dooley, creator and founder of RETROSWEAT, the authentic ‘80s Freestyle Aerobics class that has people packing studios in droves. Appearing regularly on the Morning Show, working with Wrangler and marching proudly with her SWEAT community at this year’s Mardi Gras is just the beginning. Her reach is considerable, having just filled classes in LA thanks to her Instagram following. For class-goers, getting trim, taut and terrific is the icing on the cake—what the class really brings to the party is magnetic.
For me, it’s about authenticity. You can wake up every morning and reinvent yourself, aesthetically and externally. That excited me. For some people clothing and accessories mean absolutely nothing, they’re just things preventing you from being naked. For me, it’s an opportunity to put on a show.
Even if it’s humorous, or even if you do look larger than life, it takes the ego out of it. Having to walk to class dragging a heavy boom box behind me along Campbell Parade in Bondi with a scrunchie in my hair and in leg warmers, that’s sort made me immune to people judging me or thinking that I’m unhinged. It’s not about that. It’s to brighten someone’s day.
“Everyone is absolutely allowed. You can wear anything to RETROSWEAT, anything you’re comfortable in. Some people dress up, some don’t. It’s a free for all.”
“It’s the heart and the soul in it. You get out what you put in, and I’ve put blood, sweat, heart and soul into this and I do believe that people can feel that.”
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