Sunday, 9 May 2010

WHAT IS THE DANCE FORM "WAACKING"?

WHAT IS WAACKING?

I am part of the UK dance crew the "Waacktitioners". You can join our fan page


(Website coming soon)

Below is a brief history of the dance style as taught to me by certain waackers:
Waacking is a funk style dance that began in the underground club scene in Los Angeles back in the 1970s. We're talking DISCO...FUNK but derived from POSING. It is a posing dance.
In the clubs there were Lockers, Poppers, Voguers, Punking and Waacking.
The "punks" were straight men copying the gay "waackers"...this is where the term "punking" came from.

The original waackers include people like Jeffrey Daniels who choreographed Michael Jacksons Smooth Criminal, Ana Sanchez, Tyrone Proctor (who is said to be the ORIGINAL) waacker.
Waacking became MAINSTREAM when the legend that is miss Tony Basil (youtube her) made the SOUL TRAIN TV dancers perform on MTV and in Vegas and it became commercial and well known.
Today there are people around the world, mainly part of the I.H.O.W movement (a crew per country) who preserve the dance form and waack. Europe there is Poland, Denmark, there is NYC, LA, Canada, Japan, to my knowledge, now London (my group) and shortly after formed another group i.H.O.W.
TO UNDERSTAND WAACKING AND VOGUING I RECOMMEND WATCHING "PARIS IS BURNING" WHICH IS A 6 PART DOCUMENTARY ON YOUTUBE ;-)

DJ ZULU who DJS at the "ARC" in Angel Friday nights is one of the few DJs in the UK who plays original waacking disco tracks.

Below is a video of our "LONDON UK" set using mainstream BRITISH music for stylefest 2010. This is a fusion of modern music and waacking. Enjoy ;-) Els (Sass-E) xxxxxxx



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