Friday, March 9, 2018


The old street dance is a dance style that evolved outside dance studios in any available open space such as streets, dance parties, block parties, parks, school yards, and nightclubs. Not only in the United States but all over the world and only to their music whatever it was. In Hawaii, before the war it was every where and reserved only for the under 25. Vernacular dances, in urban context are often improvisational and social in nature.  They encourage interaction and contact with spectators and other dancers.

"Social dancers like the people who have helped them remember when they
forgot that any kind of dancing is better than no dancing at all.”

These dances are a part of the vernacular culture of the geographical area that they come from. Hawaii had several of the Mainland swing dances. They also had the Double Blues which has never been seen elsewhere. And when was the last you saw it danced. I have not seen it for 20 years. Street dancing has in this century had bad terminology. People just don't learn to dance in the streets like they did 50 years ago when they moved completely to the music in their fashion.

"From Here To Eternity" by Englebert Humperdinck

As of now any street dancing in Hawaii is done by solo males and perhaps under 21. Break dancing, Hip Hop, Popping and all "performed" by kids. They morph into partner dancing in night clubs when they become of age and they get a little more serious when they get into their late twenties. Dance breakthroughs happen more frequently in night club dancing when they consult with a teacher on the best way to take lessons. On Oahu the less expensive way has been with the many good social dance clubs on Oahu and we may be developing some of the best social dancers in Hawaii.

“Social dancers believe that using your body to free your mind
is a blessing bestowed by movement to music.”