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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] Waacking consists of moving the arms to the music beat,[3][4] 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.[3][5] Waacking gained national attention through the American TV series So You Think You Dance in 2011[1] when a dance routine was choreographed by Kumari Suraj.[1]

The typical music of choice for Waacking is 70's Disco,[6] with Disco songs from 1979 being some of the most popular amongst the Waacking community.

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. ^ a b "Waacking - What is "waacking"?". toomuchflavour.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-12-08. 
  4. ^ 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. 
  5. ^ Outrageous Waack, Ebony, August 1978, p. 64-66.
  6. ^ Fogarty, Mary. "Waacking, (Punking), Recycling, Schooling: Disco Dance on the Move". The Association of Dance of the African Diaspora. 

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