Night Watch

Middle School Dance T.G.I.F at Good Life


Friday, 9:30 p.m. Good Life, 28 Kingston St., Boston. 21+. Admission: $5. 617-451-2622,

The deal: A perfect opportunity to relive the glory of middle school dances — this time, sans pre-pubescent awkwardness. Middle School Dance returns to Good Life for its first T.G.I.F. edition, featuring video clips from “Boy Meets World,” “Step by Step,” “Dinosaurs,” and “Family Matters,” themed party favors, and throwback decorations. “The downstairs is decorated like a gymnasium, crazy with streamers and a bunch of balloons,” says Andy LeClair a.k.a. DJ Yay Buffet. “We really make it look like a gym from a middle school dance.”

The DJs: DJs Goulet, Mac Machine, Yay Buffet, and Poke Smot will be pushing the best dance hits and classic favorites from the ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s.

Three songs you’ll hear: DJ Yay Buffet’s playlist includes “How Bizarre” by OMC; “Bust a Move” by Young MC; and “Billie Jean” by Michael Jackson. Party-goers be wary — there’s often a slow dance at midnight.


What to wear: “Go back through old photos of yourself and find one where you look most ridiculous,” advises LeClair. Surefire fallbacks: neon leggings, side ponytails, flattop hairdos.

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The tip: Arrive early to avoid the line — “or you could bribe one of the DJs with a smooch,” suggests LeClair in typical schoolboy fashion.

Jessica Teich