Sunday, March 25, 2012

Street Dance in the Upper Corridor

In the last ten years there have been several attempts to have dancing in the Corridor for the under 30 crowd. And being under 30 they have at times been a little, shall we say, "unruly." But there have been many that with a few drinks have been uninhibited enough to shake a leg to music very nicely.

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Westgate section in Pearlridge has been leading the way with two and sometimes even three nightclubs close together with plenty of choice for the wannabees.. All this for a predominantly younger crowd and with the street dance fads of the younger dancers.

Street dance refers to modern folk dance with the term 'street' being more accurate since much of the modern world is now urbanized. Some examples of street dance include B-boying, more commonly known as breakdancing, which originated in New York City, the Melbourne Shuffle which originated in Melbourne, Australia and theTecktonik which originated in Paris, France.

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I have met the owners of some, and they will tell me frankly. "We don't have your kind of dancing here." This is an honest opionion and I take it as that. His view is very important. What they have been doing is quite simply "street dancing."

Then a little farther up in Pearl City we have the Elks Lodge and Ige's 19th Puka, also close together. Older crowd with the oldies but goodies music. The music is the same as regular social dancing but with Latin down to about 25% of the action. It is a good start for the Social Club Dancers.

However Moanalua Corridor music has never been properly defined, it is too fragmented. When the music becomes better defined for a regular Night Club it may established it for the entire section. It can be the start of Social-Cultural dance in the night life of the Corridor. The Dance Studios and the Social Dance Clubs have had their agendas from decades back but there will be changes and amalgamation and the Latin will go up over 50%

Traditional jazz dance has existed since the late 19th century. It is perhaps one of the oldest street dances of urban America. It can be argued that worldwide, there are older dances that evolved in a urban environment or alongside urban culture (even though the term was rarely used). We will be patient.