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Waacking with Caddy (Westview CSS – SHSM)

Westview senior SHSM students will be participating in a 4 hour dance certificate course in Waacking with our very own Caddy Superville.

What is Waacking?

Waack/Punk is a form of dance created in the LGBT clubs of Los Angeles,[1][2] during the 1970s disco era.[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. It also took inspiration stylistically from movie stars such as Lauren Bacall, Marlene Dietrich, Bette Davis and James Dean.[1]

Waacking was popularized by Soul Train and influenced the creation of Outrageous Waacking Dancers, a Los Angeles-based waacking dance group.[4][6] Waacking gained renewed attention through the American TV series So You Think You Dance in 2011[2] when a dance routine was choreographed by Kumari Suraj.[2]

The typical music of choice for Waacking is 70’s Disco.[7] The originators of Waacking were said to have danced to underground Disco music and records imported from various European countries.

The dance has been incorporated by dance programs including the Department for Theatre and Dance at University of South Carolina.[3]


A little bit about Caddy

While attending York University for Social Work in 2009 she became a member of the school’s hip hop team “Style Wize”. Since then Caddy has trained and performed with companies including Nexx Level, DLM, Dark, BOSS, and now currently with the company Gadfly and the dance crew, DEUCEnDIP. She formed a partnership with “Cheech” creating a waacking duo called the Queen of Hearts in 2014. Caddy has choreographed and back up danced for artists including; Gina Lee, Asha Lee Simone, Haley Small and Masiaone. Caddy has choreographed for the Urban Myth Show at the Next Stage Festival, Urban Legends at the Fringe Festival, The Waaquettes at the Raw Artists Showcase and The Outside Looking In Showcase. Caddy has performed for numerous Community events in Toronto such as; Bazaar, Choreographer’s ball, Manifesto, Unity, the Unplugged Festival and many more. Her training consists of hip-hop, waacking, Jazz Funk and house dance in Toronto and in New York City. Caddy is known for her enthusiasm and is determined to continue her growth and give back to the dance community as much as she can. Desired most is traveling to gain and provide knowledge to and from other dancers and those who wish to learn.


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