Once a year, the different island nations of the South Pacific meet for an international dance competition. It’s the South Pacific’s version of the Olympics. Even though the Cook Islands is one of the least populated countries, the dancers are consistently the best, beating out neighboring Tahiti. Dance is a mandatory subject at the schools. Rarotongan dancing, which features rapid hip gyrations and erotic moves, was described as “positively obscene” by a 19th Century missionary who had grown accustomed to the more languid Hawaiian hula.
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On June 21, 2003, Mark Frauenfelder and Carla Sinclair moved from Los Angeles to the South Pacific. Our first stop is Rarotonga, a tiny island in the South Pacific. We're bringing our two young daughters with us.

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The Island Chronicles: MARK FRAUENFELDER and CARLA SINCLAIR continue their experiment in South Pacific living. Read their latest dispatch exclusively on LAWeekly.com!

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