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You’ll find information about dance on Kauai and more.  The focus is on partner dance classes, places to dance, events and other related information. In addition, you’ll find links to other types of dance activities on Kauai.

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Mahalo nui loa!  Susie K (your humble web servant)
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A Little About Basic Dance Etiquette, from our friend Susie A: I’ve noticed that it takes very little for people to get discouraged from attending classes and dancing.  So let’s do out best to encourage everyone so we all have more fun!

In general: the obvious: everyone appreciates it when we all bathe, use deodorant, brush our teeth and/or use breath fresheners throughout the evening and make sure our hands are washed.  Don’t use strong perfume or cologne. If you sweat bring a towel to dry off and perhaps an extra shirt to change into. It is also a good idea to use a hand sanitizer after dancing.

In class: refrain from “helping” your partner unless they specifically ask for it. It’s best when there is a question to objectively ask the teacher. Please leave cell phones off.   Leave alcohol consumption for after class.

When out dancing: Follow line of dance when appropriate. Be aware of navigating within dance area; especially when crowded keep in tighter and perhaps save the “big” moves for less crowded floors.  Refrain from teaching on the dance floor (unless someone asks specifically, then do so off on the side.) It’s OK for ladies to ask guys to dance (sometimes you don’t dance unless you ask)  And guys be sure to reach out and ask the new dancers and newcomers to dance – most of you do great at that!

A word about patronage:  Already dancers have a reputation for not being money makers at night clubs since most of us don’t drink (much) alcohol.  Let’s all remember to patronize the establishment.  They have costs to run the place (most places sell bottled water, juice or other non-alcoholic beverages.)  Mainly, the staff depends on gratuity for their wage so please remember to take care of them. We want them to want us there.

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19 Comments leave one →
  1. Michele permalink
    December 20, 2017 12:12 am

    Hi, I’m just visiting and would love to find some partner dancing – WCS, ECS, NC2S, ballroom. Anything happening during this holiday season? I’m here till Jan 5th. thanks!

    • December 20, 2017 8:15 am

      Aloha Michele, About the only place to dance on Kauai during the holiday season this year is at Rob’s on Tuesday night. Darrel will have a playlist of WCS, ECS, Niteclub 2-Step, Cha Cha and more. Rob’s is on Rice Street in Lihue. It’s a sports bar so many eat dinner there. Dance music is from 7:30 to 10:00. Enjoy!

      • Michele Jang permalink
        December 20, 2017 4:24 pm

        Thanks! I will indeed check Rob’s out. I was at Tree Lounge last night & listened to Candice & Co. Music was danceable – rumba, WCS, ECS. She’s playing again on Saturday in Hanalei at Tahiti Nui’s. I may check it out. i can both lead & follow

  2. Dana Tomasino permalink
    April 3, 2017 10:28 am

    Aloha, where/when is there West Coast Swing dancing on Kauai? And any mixed ballroom or Zouk? Aloha, Dana

  3. David Sander permalink
    June 11, 2015 12:54 pm

    Joe, there is an active dance community on Kauai. You might find that the local dancers at other venues know about other kinds of dancing, so going to WCS at Robs on Tuesday for example might be informative about ballroom. Some of the ethnic restaurants advertise monthly dances in Salsa or other dances. While you are learning, be patient and go dancing regularly. learning to dance is like learning a new language so everyone must take this path and even the best dancer in the world had that first day on the dance floor!

    • June 11, 2015 4:38 pm

      Thank you, David, for your encouraging words! Rae-Marie

    • Joe permalink
      June 11, 2015 7:15 pm

      Mahalo, David. Good advice. I’ll be sure to follow it. See you on the dance floor. Joe

  4. Joe permalink
    June 10, 2015 6:13 pm

    Aloha, Rae-Marie, and mahalo for the helpful reply. Will definitely pursue some of these activities. Looks like fun! See you on the dance floor. Joe

  5. Joe permalink
    June 9, 2015 10:24 pm

    Is the Thursday nite event at the Kapaa Neighborhood Center still happening? Been on island for a year and am ready to try something new (i.e., dancing). Beginner with desire, good coordination, but no partner. Looking to dance for fun and exercise. Mahalo.

    • June 10, 2015 10:01 am

      Aloha Joe,

      So happy you found us. Always looking for motivated leaders!! Thursday night is tango and as far as I know it’s still happening. There is also a small, but passionate group of West Coast Swing dancers who go to Rob’s on Tuesday night from 7:30 – 10:00. There is a West Coast Swing class going on in Kilauea on Monday nights. I send a weekly dance email which would give you all the information you need. Please email me at kauaidancing@gmail.com and I’ll put you on the contacts’ list. Look forward to seeing you on the dance floor.

      Rae-Marie

  6. David Sander permalink
    February 8, 2015 5:48 pm

    I will be on Kauai from March 3 to March 17! Would be interested in Salsa, Swing, and Ballroom dancing. I’m very experienced in Latin dance. Aware of the Friday and Tuesday night dancing. Anything else I should know about? -Dave

  7. Lisa Donnan permalink
    November 24, 2013 10:11 am

    Aloha, if I missed the first class (Kilauea ) can I still participate in the remaining classes?

  8. Lisa Donnan permalink
    November 10, 2013 8:36 am

    The classes offered in Kilauea November 18-December 16 is it required to have a partner? If so are there any classes that don’t ?

  9. September 15, 2010 10:12 pm

    looking for place to dance in kauai.
    +1

    • Rae-Marie permalink*
      September 16, 2010 7:21 am

      Barry, Email me at kauaidancing@gmail.com and I’ll send you a list of places to dance on Kauai. We have a small, but mighty group who LOVE to dance.

  10. August 8, 2010 6:34 pm

    Greg, if you’d like to be added to the Kauai dancing email list to get updates on classes, etc – please send an email to kauaidancing@gmail.com. Hope to see you on the dance floor 🙂

  11. greg wong permalink
    August 8, 2010 6:26 pm

    looking for place to dance in kauai.

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