HEELS & WAACKING WORKSHOP
The incredible Fatou Camara & Marlène Katary, from Montréal, are ready to help you move it, shake it & most importantly feel confident in your heels!
Our Heels & Waacking Workshop is a fun, non-judgmental, opportunity to learn how to strut your stuff! All you need is heels!
What is Waacking?
Waack/Punk is a form of dance created in the LGBT clubs of Los Angeles, during the 1970s disco era. This dance style was named punking because "punk" was a derogatory term for gay men in the 70s. Naming the style punking was a way of turning this negative term into something positive. A "whack" was a specific movement within the punking style. Although the heterosexual dance community took part in punking, they did not want to associate themselves with the negative, violent, and sexual connotations of name and therefore called the dance genre "waackin". Later, Jeffery Daniel added the "g" to waackin to make it "whacking".
Waacking consists of moving the arms to the music beat, 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. It also took inspiration stylistically from movie stars such as Lauren Bacall, Marlene Dietrich, Bette Davis and James Dean.