FWD also serves as educators in the waacking community and mentors to students of The Waack Dancers Training program. Furthermore, the company is committed to community outreach within LGBTQ+ spaces, utilizing waacking as a medium to empower and inspire individuals within the community. The training program offered by FWD is based on the methodology of the late Tyrone Proctor, a Soul Train legend and founding member of The 'Outrageous' Waack Dancers.
The Fabulous Waack Dancers made their debut performance at the prestigious Works & Process Uptown Dance Festival at The Guggenheim Museum. Through waacking, FWD members are able to express their creativity, celebrate their uniqueness, and glorify their individuality. The company aims to promote the art of waacking and its significance within the LGBTQ+ community.
The Fabulous Waack Dancers (FWD) is a New York City-based dance company that is dedicated to preserving the art form, history, and legacy of waacking. Waacking is a dance style that originated in the gay club scene of the 1970s and has since evolved to become a recognized dance style worldwide. FWD was founded and is directed by the global waacking ambassador, Princess Lockerooo. The company is dedicated to honoring the inspirations of Waacking in Hollywood films, disco, and 70's gay club culture.
Waacking is the physical embodiment of a person’s absolute truth, performed in perfect synchronicity with the music.
WE ARE FABULOUS
Princess Lockerooo is a Bessie award-winning choreographer, global ambassador for the dance style Waacking, and an accomplished leader in the field of dance. She has spread Waacking to over 27 countries, utilizing it as a tool to build communities and promote self-love. Her work has been featured on television platforms such as "So You Think You Can Dance?" and "America's Got Talent," and she has worked with top pop artists such as Madonna, Jody Watley and Icona Pop. She is also a philanthropist and LGBTQ rights activist, who collaborates with and raises funds for various organizations.
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Shar (ALUR) is a member of Ladies of Hip Hop L.I.T. and Fabulous Waack Dancers, Alur has performed at Lincoln Center, NYBG, GMHC, The Guggenheim, and has choreographed for Ryan Leslie. Waacking is so special to her as it is a culture that expects you to be unapologetically yourself. Her gratitude for the way this culture has changed her life is immeasurable.
Tyrone Bevans is dancer, choreographer, Illustrator and printmaker. He is currently dancing for The Fabulous Waack Dancers and Joya Powell’s Movement of the people. In the past Tyrone has performed and collaborated with artists such as Christal Brown, Chafin Seymour, Maya Orchin, Vessels, FunkanometryNY, and Karla Garcia. For Tyrone Waacking is the key to fantasy, play and personal freedom.
Alice is a movement and audiovisual artist from Spain, where she performed with ComUnity Danza, directed by Ainara Prieto. After completing the Peridance Certificate Program she has performed at NYBG, GMHC, NYC Dance Parade, and is a core member of Sun Kim Dance Theatre and The Fabulous Waack Dancers. Currently she is the Lead Video Technician at Blue Man Group.
Ash Johnson has performed twice in ACDA’s top 10 works and ACDFA Nationals in the Kennedy Center. Accolades include: BFA in Dance at Temple University, two-time recipient of the Frances Bowden Award, scholarships for Joffrey School of Ballet, DCNS Dance, and Mason Gross School of the Arts summer intensives. Previous member of Philadanco 2 and Eleone II.
Alexandra Genevieve “Allie G” Carter trained at Mason Gross School of the Art & theTrinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance (UK). She has performed at The Guggenheim, 3 Dollar Bill, The Stonewall Inn, with Qinmin Liu (Ural Industrial Biennale- Russia), T Lang Dance (GA), & GAWZ (UK). She is inspired by her multiracial Identity, metaphysics, alchemy, & nature.
Alexandra G. Carter
Born in Italy, Giorgia Vitali trained at Joffrey Ballet & Peridance..
She performed works by Margo Sappington, Kevin Wynn, Francesca Harper, Archie
Burnett, Candace Brown, Kim Holmes, Dionna PridGeon, Karen Arceneaux, Ephrat
Asherie, Shirlene Quigley, & presented original work at NYFW and IDACO. Credits: Film: "Waiting in the Wings: Still Waiting” "Hype Williams Video" “Mystic India”, DeFunes Dance, Kalamandir Dance Company, Ajna Dance Company and Fabulous Waack Dancers. She’s a certified Bollywaack teacher and teaches Waacking at] PMT House of Dance.
Jayson P. Smith is an interdisciplinary artist, writer, educator, and curator from the Bronx. Their work has received support from NYFA & The Poetry Project, among others. Recent performances include Center for Performance Research, Miriam Gallery, and The Guggenheim. Find them in Brooklyn or at www.jaysonpsmith.com.
Jayson P. Smith
Daeun (Onjay) Cho was born in South Korea, specializing in Waacking, House & freestyle dance. She trained at Peridance Capizio center in NYC and is a top competitor in international dance battles. She is a passionate and skilled choreographer and is excited to be performing with The Fabulous Waack Dancers.
Sampantha is a multifaceted dancer whose work is inspired music. She trained with various street dance pioneers, performed with Breaking Barriers (Denver, CO), Versa Style Festival LA, and various musical artists. Her work has been commissioned by the Museum of Contemporary Art (Denver). “Waacking gives me permission to feel all that I am and be free in my essence”
Harold O'Neal is a prolific pianist, composer, and producer. (The New York Times, Forbes, and NPR, Pixar's Soul. U2, George Clooney, Disney.
Harold has facilitated creativity for top organizations such
as NASA JPL, Google, and the United Nations Ambassadors. With a profound passion and
expertise, he creates impactful moments that leave a lasting impression on audiences around
the world. pianocinema.com