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Waack/Punk is a form of dance created in the clubs of Los Angeles, [1] originating from the 1970s disco era in Los Angeles,[2] this dance is also composed by hip hop.[3] Waacking consists of moving the arms to the music beat,[4][5] 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.

Waacking was popularized by Soul Train and influenced the creation of Outrageous Waacking Dancers, a Los Angeles-based waacking dance group.[4][6] Waacking gained national attention through the American TV series So You Think You Dance in 2011[1] when the dance routine was choreographed by Kumari Suraj,[1]

The typical music of choice for Waacking is 70's Disco,[7] and often other styles of 'funk' music.

Waacking is powered by the Imperial House of Waacking, who runs the waacking.com website and is led by Ausbin "Aus" Ninja, son of former Outrageous Waacking Dancers member Tyrone Proctor.[8] The dance has been incorporated by dance programs including the Department for Theatre and Dance at University of South Carolina.[2] Waacking as a dance style is often compared to Locking due to its aesthetic, groove and musical similarities.


  1. ^ a b c McKay, Mary Jayne (2011-08-04). ""So You Think You Can Dance" introduces "waacking"". cbsnews.com. Retrieved 2012-12-08. 
  2. ^ a b Overstreet, Amy (November 2012). "USC Dance Students Present Original Choreography in Fragments of Light". free-times.com. Retrieved 2012-12-08. 
  3. ^ Parrish, Susan (2012-04-21). "Bits 'n' Pieces: Well-traveled choreographer returns to Vancouver for visit". columbian.com. Retrieved 2012-12-08. 
  4. ^ a b "Waacking - What is "waacking"?". toomuchflavour.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-12-08. 
  5. ^ Dave (2010-12-16). "What is waacking: Aus Ninja (Imperial House of Waacking on the differences between waacking and vogue". toomuchflavour.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-12-08. 
  6. ^ Outrageous Waack, Ebony, August 1978, p. 64-66.
  7. ^ Fogarty, Mary. "Waacking, (Punking), Recycling, Schooling: Disco Dance on the Move". The Association of Dance of the African Diaspora. 
  8. ^ "Meet Ausbin, A.k.a. King Aus Ninja". nexgeninsider.com. 2011-04-28. Retrieved 2012-12-09. 

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