Courtesy of Haley Himiko Hudson Morris
Mahall's bar manager and co-event party planner, Cassie Trainer, at the inaugural "90s Club Kidz Dance Party."
Inspired by the New York Club Kids of the late '80s and early '90s, Mahall's 20 Lanes threw a 'Club Kidz '90s Dance Party' to great success earlier this summer. Now the Lakewood bowling alley/bar/venue has decided to create a monthly dance party for Clevelanders to express themselves through art, fashion and dance.
"At Mahall's we are not about cookie cutter dance parties and try to create an immersive experience for the party attendee," bar manager and co-event party planner, Cassie Trainer tells Scene
. "There's not enough of these opportunities in Cleveland, in my opinion, so we want to make it a regular event and let people be the quirky, fashionable weirdos and dancing queens that they are."
The goal of the parties is not to copy what the New York Club Kids did, but to encourage Cleveland to create their own scene inspired by the uniqueness and innovation of the past. Club Kids were made infamous for their wild parties in fast food restaurants, abandoned buildings and even a semi-truck. Each party had a fun theme, like the iconic "Disco Bloodbath
"I grew up loving house music and the film Party Monster.
Sans drugs, I'd love to give Cleveland an opportunity to celebrate that very creative club culture scene in a safe way," says Haley Himiko Hudson Morris, artist and special events assistant/conceptual designer for Mahall's parties.
The events includes popular club music from the '90s as well as specialty cocktails inspired by the staples of the NYC club scene. Drinks may contain edible glitter, candy bracelet koozies, ring pop garnishes, Capri-Sun cocktails, and rainbow sprinkle rims. A gender non-specific "Queen of the Disco" competition occurs at each event, with prizes awarded to the winners.
"Every month I hear about people asking where they can go dance in a fun, safe space," Trainer says.
According to Hudson Morris, New York City and other big cities have their own Club Kids-themed party nights, so why not Cleveland?
Both Trainer and Hudson Morris confess that the parties may be a little self-indulgent, as both have clothing collections full of fake feathers, fake fur, jumpsuits, sequins, masks and other apparatuses that don't make it out of the house as often as they'd like.
"Hot dog hats, animal mascot heads, green fur capes, bullet bras, top hats, platform shoes, rhinestone football pads and angel wings, anything goes, really," says Hudson Morris.
The "CLUB KIDZ R US: '90s Dance Party" returns to Mahall's 20 Lanes on Friday, Sept. 14 from 9 p.m. until the bar closes at 2 a.m. Mahall's is located at 13200 Madison Ave. in Lakewood.