Oakland was home to a variety of dance moves that exists in one form or another to this very day.
Oaklands history in Boogaloo started in the late sixties. Most of the moves/styles have been lost in antiquity, but a good number of them exist as an echo of once was. We have listed some of the moves, but this list is incomplete. Many the individual moves or styles never had a name, but would be practiced by solo dancers you would find in the parks of East Oakland, or in the downtown area. Many of the Solo artists did not enter talent shows or perform as some of the well known groups did. Their drive to dance came from a self interest that only they could envision.
The list will grow as more dancers come forward to share there stories.
Blowing up the Chest
Cowboy – Walking in like it’s a shoot out – Aces of Soul
Creeping: A person with a deliberate walk that stops momentarily to the beat of the music.
Dragon (Dynorama Creep)
Head in the Oven
Little Ricky’s Car
Mack Pose – Posin on a hoe
Miming: Rope pulls, window, skateboard, levers, leash pull (dog walk), steering wheel.
Robot: The miming of a Robot or a mechanical device.
Six Million Dollar Man
Snatching the Head
Three D (3D) – tickin moves one after another
Toilet Stool Move (with hat)