Waacking is a club dance created in the 70s by African and Latin American gay males, that imitated female icons like Marilyn Monroe to Disco music with strong instrumentation and vocals, where striking arm movements and a charismatic persona are key components.
What kind of class is this?
For beginners and those who need reinforcement, these 90 minutes will be half class (stretching, drills and combo patterns), and half session (guided practice for posing, freestyle and character development).
Who should attend?
Anyone with a desire to feel both powerful and feminine within a dance form. Anyone wanting to learn a dance they can whip out at a club or in a party and feel amazing. Anyone willing to try something new and have fun
Diana Reyes (FLY LADY DI) Bio
Diana Reyes a.k.a. FLY LADY DI has been making news for quite some time through her unique style of dance and art as featured on CBC, etalk, TheStar.com, Toronto Life, Much, BlogTO, The Dance Current, AGO’s First Thursdays, New India Times, YRB, TRACE Magazine, Audrey Magazine and Chatelaine Magazine (as the first ever Ms. Chatelaine of Filipino descent) to name a few. An ex-New Yorker but born, raised and based in Toronto, Diana trained with the founders of Hip Hop and House Dance - MOPTOPS / Elite Force and Dance Fusion in NYC - after attending McGill University in Montreal. She has worked extensively with Director X (formerly Little X), with choreographers such as Laurie Ann Gibson, Darrin Henson, Tre Armstrong, Luther Brown and with artists like Jason Derulo, Kiesza, Fall Out Boy and many more. Diana has taught House Dance, Waacking and Hip Hop across Canada as well as in South Korea, The Philippines and India where she completed a 7-city workshop tour. Currently, she choreographs for the tribal electro fusion band DATU along with their affiliated performing arts troupe HATAW, as well as highly acclaimed recording artist Maylee Todd and is also performing for Theatster Gate's "How to Build a House Museum" at the AGO. Additionally, she has judged several respected dance competitions internationally such as World of Dance (Toronto), UDO, Dance@Live (Chennai) and Hip Hop International (Mumbai) and has won the Waacking Grand Prize at the Rebellion Ball for Pride 2016 and was a House Dance finalist at the 2016 Vancouver Street Dance Festival. She has been supported by Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, Manifesto Festival, Artscape Daniels Spectrum, Reel Asian Film Festival amongst others and can be found anywhere online @flyladydi.