The latest dance rage, foam dancing, is lathering up a Tri-Cities club.
Foam dancing involves a bunch of people jammed together on a dance floor while a modified snow-making machine covers them in suds.
The dance began last summer in Italy and has spread around the world.
“It’s wet, exciting fun … very bubbly,” said dancer Lori Adams at the Details club in Kennewick.
“The Tri-Cities needed something new. This is bringing excitement, bringing something new,” said Michaele Monge.
The owners of Details, brothers Mark and Todd Jones, were introduced to foam dancing in September while visiting Miami.
They paid $12,000 for their foam machine and began offering wild and wet entertainment last week. Cover charge is $3.
The dance pit is fenced in with horizontal bars. When it’s foam time, the bars are covered with sheets of plastic to hold the ooze. Then the machine on the ceiling spews foam until it fills the pit and covers the dancers. Foam piles up to 5 feet high in less than a minute.
Some dancers said it’s like being in a huge bubble bath.
At first, it feels dry, Jody Jones said, “but if you’re in there long enough, you get kind of wet. It’s just like a shower.”
On opening night, club-goers just stood around gawking and cracking jokes as the foam filled the dance pit.
Then some brave souls jumped in. Others were pushed, pulled, shoved or dragged into the suds.
“It’s sticky in there, but it’s really cool,” said Narce Solis.
The foam doesn’t irritate eyes and
disintegrates when touched. Hair, skin, clothing and shoes dry without a trace, but Mark Jones said dancers should leave their leather pants home: They may stain.