Everything’s better in the buff.
So says Léa Panduccio, 27, who co-founded NYC nude events group Just Naked with husband Adam Schwietert, 29, this past January.
Together, the two are encouraging nudity-loving New Yorkers to strip down for all manner of activities: playing Pictionary, listening to poetry and jazz, eating pizza, sketching live models — and, for their latest birthday-suit bash, gymnastics.
“Come roll around and embrace your inner child self with our Naked Introduction to Adult Gymnastics,” reads the description for the July 30 event.
After 20 minutes of (clothed) mingling, participants will expose themselves and practice their handstands, backbends and cartwheels in a “private space near Herald Square.” (The address is provided with ticket confirmation.)
Beginner gymnasts are welcome — as are beginner nudists. Tickets are $17 each but a $35 monthly membership fee gets you free entry to all Just Naked events.
“Being naked is just kind of a fun thing, especially for people who are not used to it,” says Schwietert, who says he isn’t a nudist or naturalist. “There’s often a lot of laughter.”
Feeling a little shy? Women can keep their undies on for cartwheels, the event page says.
There’s even a specific policy for erections.
“Become aware of your arousal, take a moment to yourself to celebrate the fact you are human and then to please excuse yourself until your fire cools,” says the event page.
There isn’t a specific social media policy, Schweitert says — but it usually works out. “We don’t even ban phones … [But] if you’re naked, where you gonna put it?”
So far, Just Naked has held over 50 events attended by more than 600 people. The Naked Dinners, they say, are the most popular. Memberships run $5 to $35.
At this point, the company’s more exciting to Schwietert than the bodies.
“The naked part will get boring after awhile,” he says, “but the people never do.”
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