Waacking Dance Lesson

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Tuesday September 08, 2015 – Monday November 17, 2015

  • 2 months
  • 4-6 hours of work / week
  • 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Whaacking Dance Lesson Brief

Waack/Punk is a form of dance created in the LGBT clubs of Los Angeles,during the 1970s disco era. This dance style was named punking because “punk” was a derogatory term for gay men in the 70s. Naming the style punking was a way of turning this negative term into something positive. A “whack” was a specific movement within the punking style. Although the heterosexual dance community took part in punking, they did not want to associate themselves with the negative, violent, and sexual connotations of name and therefore called the dance genre “waackin”. Later, Jeffery Daniel added the “g” to waackin to make it “waacking”.

Waacking consists of moving the arms to the music beat, typically in a movement of the arms over and behind the shoulder. Waacking also contains other elements such as posing and footwork. Waacking puts a strong emphasis on musicality and interpretation of the music and its rhythm. It also took inspiration stylistically from movie stars such as Lauren Bacall, Marlene Dietrich, Bette Davis and James Dean.

Waacking was popularized by Soul Train and influenced the creation of Outrageous Waacking Dancers, a Los Angeles-based waacking dance group.Waacking gained renewed attention through the American TV series So You Think You Dance in 2011 when a dance routine was choreographed by Kumari Suraj.

The typical music of choice for Waacking is 1970s Disco.The originators of Waacking were said to have danced to underground Disco music and records imported from various European countries.

The dance has been incorporated by dance programs including the Department for Theatre and Dance at University of South Carolina.

The style of dance is famously performed by the character Garnet in the cartoon show Steven Universe as a catalyst for many of her magical powers, including summoning magical weapons and fusing with other characters.

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Course Schedule

Week 1:

  • Day 1:

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    a “doer” to a manager then to a leader and ultimately to being a
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  • Day 2:

    In order for a business to grow, the entrepreneur must grow.
    First, the entrepreneur’s role will evolve from primarily being
    a “doer” to a manager then to a leader and ultimately to being a
    coach/mentor.

Week 2:

  • Day 1:

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    will look at how two businesses put in place people policies,
    practices, and a leadership model that led to high employee
    engagement, loyalty, and productivity that drove high customer
    satisfaction.

Day 3:

  • 08:00 am:

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    First, the entrepreneur’s role will evolve from primarily being
    a “doer” to a manager then to a leader and ultimately to being a
    coach/mentor.

  • 11:00 am:

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    First, the entrepreneur’s role will evolve from primarily being
    a “doer” to a manager then to a leader and ultimately to being a
    coach/mentor.

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Dance Teachers

Curt Capria
Dance Teacher / Choreographer

Curt teaches Club and Funk Dance Styles

Rachel Britain
Dance Teacher / Choreographer

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