Waacking, similar to voguing, was created mainly by the black LGBT community and as a freestyle dance in the clubs of the 70s. While the emergence of Vogue Dance is more likely to be located in the queer scene in New York, and the US East Coast, the Waacking movement originated in Los Angeles on the West Coast. Similar to Voguing, the young queer dancers wanted to be themselves in the clubs. In the 1970s, homosexuality and gender issues were a total taboo in society, leading to exclusion, discrimination and attacks. Waacking is therefore a very personal and political liberation dance of outdated conservative images of society. At the beginning it was called “punking”. Punking was / is the exaggerated dramatic acting too through eccentric expressive movements. Since homosexual men were called punk, they turned the tables on punking and used the term in their own artistic expression.
Waacking contains quite a few movements from Jazz and Urban Dance as well as elements of acting. It is a mix of different dance styles. Since Waacking is a freestyle club dance, the focus of this class will be learning waacking technique as well as a lot of freestyle training. There will also be a few choreographies and a lot of combos to practise the new learned moves.
We will dance to Funk and Pop music and whatever gets us moving and grooving.
Çiğdem will teach a lot of Waacking basics so this class is suitable for beginners without any prior knowledge of Waacking dance. Though if you come with experience in Jazz or Urban dance or chose to join in those classes as well, that can be beneficial.
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