Waacking


Waacking

Waacking (waackin ‘, whackin’ or even whacking) is underground Latino and African-American dance style that originated in the American underground gay-disco scene of the early 1970s and received its name from the English word “waack”, which means “waving arms”. From other directions, waacking differs with femininity, plastic, and artistry of its performers, and it is based on various combinations of arm movements, combined with a la podium penetrations and model poses.

Waacking as the dance style originated in New York and Los Angeles in the early ’70s as part of the club’s US gay culture. Initially, it was called «garbo», because dancers copied pretentious theatrical postures characteristic of famous actresses of 40s years, first of all, Greta Garbo. Another name is punking in California. Such an insulting nickname was given by locking dancers in retaliation for gays have borrowed from them some movement. However, there is no confrontation between fans of the two styles, moreover, it has allowed some teachers locking, such as Angel, Sanchez Anna and Shabba Doo, open punking classes. Pretty soon the dance has gained wide popularity and now you can learn it online with tutorials.

After a decline in the 1990s, waacking experienced a second wave of popularity. In 2008, in the United States and Canada there «The Imperial House of Waacking» (abbr «I.H.O.W.») was created which is a community, unites the leading style dancers. Soon France, Japan, Denmark, United Kingdom, Taiwan, Singapore, Italy, China picked up the baton… Choreographers «I.H.O.W.» collaborate with Lady Gaga, Madonna, Beyonce, Snoop Dogg, lit up in the movie «Step up 3», the show «So you think you can dance» and dance battles («Geneva Unique battle», «Get Bounce», «SDK Europe battle»).
Contrary to popular belief, waacking is not just the crazy work of hands., including a musical point of view, footwork (footwork) with steps borrowed from jazz, house dance, and tap is, as well as the dramatic game, which develops each dancer individually also played an important role.Join Now