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Earlybirds Club: “The party don’t stop until … 10 p.m.”

Imagine dancing your heart out with your bestie like you used to, but still getting home by 10 p.m. That’s the idea behind Earlybirds Club, according to creators (and high school friends) Susie Lee and Laura Baginski. “It’s a dance party for women that starts early and ends early because we all value our sleep,” Baginski said. They’ve only hosted one event so far, in February. They say it sold out almost immediately. Baginski says their next event, scheduled for May 4, has a waiting list in the hundreds. “We were so overwhelmed and surprised at the reaction,” Lee said. “The first one was just like two idiots throwing a party. And then after that, we were like, there clearly is a need for this.” Lee and Baginski came on the Rundown podcast to explain the idea’s origin story, why it struck a chord with so many and what’s coming next.

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Imagine dancing your heart out with your bestie like you used to, but still getting home by 10 p.m.

That’s the idea behind Earlybirds Club, according to creators (and high school friends) Susie Lee and Laura Baginski. 

“It’s a dance party for women that starts early and ends early because we all value our sleep,” Baginski said. 

They’ve only hosted one event so far, in February. They say it sold out almost immediately. Baginski says their next event, scheduled for May 4, has a waiting list in the hundreds.

“We were so overwhelmed and surprised at the reaction,” Lee said. “The first one was just like two idiots throwing a party. And then after that, we were like, there clearly is a need for this.”

Lee and Baginski came on the Rundown podcast to explain the idea’s origin story, why it struck a chord with so many and what’s coming next.

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