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Works & Process: History of Waacking with Princess Lockerooo

May 18, 2023

In the 1970s, a dance form called waacking was born in the Black, gay underground clubs of Los Angeles. Tyrone Proctor and his friend Billy Goodson risked their lives to perform such an effeminate, expressive dance, when being openly gay subjected them to violence and prison. The dance was popularized on Soul Train and picked up by celebrities, then almost died out with the AIDS crisis. Preserving the legacy of waacking, recently Princess Lockerooo sat with Goodson to gather the legend’s oral history for the Jerome Robbins Dance Division. Don’t miss this chance to learn more about waacking’s history with the Queen of Waacking that also includes a lesson and performance. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.nypl.org/events/programs/2023/05/18/works-process-history-waacking-princess-lockerooo?nref=635581.


May 18, 2023


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