Growing up in Hawaii, “Footloose” creator Dean Pitchford understands the connection dancing has to the local culture.

So it came as somewhat of a surprise when he learned that bar owners here can face steep fines if their patrons are caught grooving to the music off of an approved dance floor.

State lawmakers have tried for years to force county liquor commissions to define “dancing” if they are going to continue regulating it. But so far they have failed to get a bill through the Legislature.

Civil Beat talked to Pitchford about this issue and others related to dancing. He may live in California now, but he still has some sweet hula moves and a flawless pronunciation of Hawaii’s state fish.

Check out the interview here:

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