The Dance Moves

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.

Back Slide

Bird

Boxes

Blowing up the Chest

Break Down

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.

Cutting Up

Dimestopping

Dinosaur

Dragon (Dynorama Creep)

Dynorama (animating)

Fat Man

Finger Popping

Hangman

Head in the Oven

Headless Man

Hitting

Lean

Little Ricky’s Car

Looney Cartooney

Mack Pose – Posin on a hoe

Miming: Rope pulls, window, skateboard, levers, leash pull (dog walk), steering wheel.

Noony Cartooney

Oakland boogaloo

Posing

Puppet:

Reserve Move

Robot: The miming of a Robot or a mechanical device.

Scarecrow

Six Million Dollar Man

Slot

Snatching the Head

Spinning

Swoop

Three D (3D) – tickin moves one after another

Tidal Wave

Toilet Stool Move (with hat)

Typewriter

Vibrating

Vibrating pose

Walk Outs

Waving

Worming

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