The origins of the Waacking dance style date back to the 60’s New York nightclub culture. Disco music, with its leading rhythms and strong beats, was ideal for the development of waacking. In the beginning of the 70’s in Los Angeles, dancers such as Mickey Lord, Tinker and Blinky changed the arm movements in the disco music into fast and regular.

Waacking style is inspired by wild, but controlled movements of the arms, and the specific character of the dancer.

In the mid-70’s, club dancers such as Tinker, Arthur, Andrew, Lonnie Carbajal, Michael Angelo, Billy Starr, Tyrone Proctor, Jody Watley, Billy Goodson, Danny Logo and Shabba Doo stepped into the limelight, synchronising fast hand movements. At that time waacking was mainly danced by African-Americans and Latinos. Many people mistakenly think that waacking evolved out of locking, since some movements are very similar. In reality, however, these dance styles are very different. Waacking has been called several names, such as The Garbo, Punkin, etc., but the most correct name of this dance style is ‘waacking’, because this name represents the dance style as a whole.

Tyrone Proctor (Outrageous Waack Dancers group, 1974) of The Soul Train began using the name ‘waacking’. Andrew gave the dance style The Garbo name, because of the dance poses (the poses were inspired by the images of the 40’s glamor covergirls).

The difference between waacking and voguing is also big. Waacking became popular in the early 70’s on the west coast of the United States, and is mainly danced to the disco music. Voguing gained popularity at the start of the 80’s on the east coast of the United States, and is mainly dances to house music.


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