Drills on House vocabulary steps: FARMER, TWO-STEP, CROSS-WALK, BACK STEP, GALLOP, LOOSE LEG, TRAIN, SALSA STEP, SALSA-HOP, LOFTING, TIP-TAP-TOE, SIDE-WALK, SCRIBBLE FOOT, SHUFFLE and more…Beginning is a fun music focused warm-up with active stretching, dance drills to help condition the core, arms and footwork agility, and basics in House involving the bounce or the Jack as some might call it.
Followed by corner work involving Capoeira style movements, house steps and more.
Chosen step of the day is worked on from beginning of the movement ending with routines/combinations on the step, understanding of musicality and adding ones personality onto aka styling.
The term Punkers was a derogatory term used by straight people who called the gay dancers doing this style of dance. They would call them punks and so the dancers with pride took this name and called themselves Punkers. Waacking was introduced in the straight community by Shabbadoo who would often compete against the punkers and realised that this was a dance he wanted under his arsenal of dance styles.
Waacking created by Tinker, Bill Foster, Andrew and Billy Star used emotional content fuelled by real life experiences in the dance. Later inspiration was taken from old 1940’s movies and theatre where the expression of emotion was portrayed with body language more than words.
This combined with explosive and complex arm movements of the “whacking” element together created an emotionally strong and highly theatrical dance style loved and performed globally.
As well as its popularisation on Soul Train, Waacking also featured on Diana Ross’s 1979 live show at Caesar’s Palace. Here you can see the Waacking art form showcased as well as the creators performing it including Andrew and Tinker.
Waacking has been going on for over 40 years and is still going strong. Some of the pioneers and vanguards in Waacking of today are:
Ana “Lollipop” Sanchez
Adolfo “Shabbadoo” Quninones
Tyrone “The Bone” Proctor,
Bagsy has been dancing and teaching for over 10 years, teaching Hiphop and Choreography and later moved to teaching and performing in the styles of House, Locking and Waacking.
Bagsy recently was awarded funding by the Art Council England to set up an important project to help in the development of the UK dance culture by bringing back knowledge and skills in the above art forms. This project saw him train, perform and work with pioneers in these styles. Ana ‘Lollipop’ Sanchez from the famous Breakin movies, Archie Burnett one of the founding fathers of House of Ninja alongside Willi Ninja, Hurricane Juste Debout winner 2013 and forward thinking pioneer in the style of Locking and Andy Instone who is professional dance teacher, historian and creator of the official Teacher Training Program.
Bagsy has succeeded in winning many competitions in the UK and in Japan and has documented his travels and development on his website sketchesofadancer.co.uk.
|Minimum age: 8