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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.[6][4] 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] a pioneer in waacking and founder of waacking dance crew The Waackers.[3]

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.[7] The dance has been incorporated by dance programs including the Department for Theatre and Dance at University of South Carolina.[2]


  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. ^ a b 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. ^ "Meet Ausbin, A.k.a. King Aus Ninja". nexgeninsider.com. 2011-04-28. Retrieved 2012-12-09. 

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