Waacking started in the 1970's in Los Angeles in the Gay Club Scene. It is derived from Punking and the first dance group were known as the Original Punks. As Punking spread to the straight dance community (such as Locker Shabba Doo) began to take part, it took on the name 'whacking' and eventually became known as Waacking. Waacking is stylistically influenced by the highly animated characters of Hollywood silent films and musicals as well as cartoons and martial art films. Dramatic poses, characters and storytelling are combined with, footwork coupled with quick, sharp, strong and fluid arm motions, often in circular patters around the upper torso, shoulders and head. In the 1970's Punkers and Waackers were both featured on Soul Train and Waacking spread from Los Angles to New York and around the world by way of pioneers such as Tyrone Proctor & Archie Burnett. HIV/AIDS devastated the Punking community causing all but one, Viktor Manoel , to pass away from the disease or murder. Not having the originators to continue the dance, popularity of the dance began to fade during the 80's and 90's. Waacking experienced a resurgence in the early 2000's by way of Brian "footwork" Green who began teaching in New York and urging the elders to teach. Brian was the catalyst for the next generation of young Waackers who continue to be practitioners, trainers and share the dance world wide.