Waack, jack, lock, pop, break, house, vogue, funk, pose, strut – this is the language of urban street dance, which the exhilarating show Jack Your Body is bringing to life.
Choreographed by Emily Law and Ashley Perez of Mix Mix Dance Collective, the show, on at the Next Stage Festival in Toronto, touches on issues of race, gender and social status, and is an homage to 20 years of American popular dance culture.
From waacking in the 1970s, to breaking in the eighties, to house in the nineties, eight dancers perform flat-out, high-energy street dance in period costumes (wigs included) that leave you breathless.
The title comes from Steve (Silk) Hurley's 1987 monster hit, which is just one of the parade of well-loved songs that makes up the score.
Jack Your Body is an exciting trip down memory lane and a loving tribute to the evolution of underground American pop culture. Different song, different movement, different groove.
Jack Your Body plays Jan. 9 to 19 at the Next Stage Festival