WTPunk Fest, formerly known as Soul Train Experience, is the brain child of founder Christopher Scott Caldwell and the team over at Ovations Global Network INC.
WTP provides thousands of students around the globe an opportunity to convene for Florida’s first and only international gay urban dance festival dedicated to the preservation of 60s 70s and 80s underground music and dance cultures. Each year, this historical three day Pose | Whack | Revive Festival is headlined by some of the street dance communities most iconic forces and pioneers. This year we welcome Viktor Manoel the worlds last living original Punker/Whacker/Waacker and Archie Burnett the international father of the iconic House of Ninja.
WTP is a rare and bona fide resource for education and preservation of the street styles born of the 60's, 70's, and 80's— how they're done, and how to teach them. Our guest teachers and performers are pioneers of their craft. WTP for many, serves as once-in-a-lifetime access to these dance icons, to learn from, and express their personal growth. WTP also serves to honor dances born from the LGBTQ community by offering a global platform to learn the rich history behind the culture, the people, their struggle, and their impact on the arts and society as we know it today.
This festival is curated by Ovations Global Network INC, a 501 (c) 3 non profit organization. All donations are tax deductible.
"WHAT THEY SAY"
"The TEACHERS - to listen, watch and learn from Tyrone Proctor & Kumari Suraj was something that was absolutely necessary for MY life as a dancer and as a waacker. I can write a book about what I learned in class from them. When is it going to be the norm for the community to flood these $10, $15, $20 workshops from LEGIT dancers (not just the IG famous ones). Just gonna leave that there for now"
Last night was a real EXPERIENCE for all of us. I hope everyone embraced it, and allowed last nights festivities to expand their mind. One thing I've learned is that life isn't all about winning & losing but the wonder and awe comes from simply experiencing. Felt really good to pull out the dancing shoes and get the dust off them. Thank you Ovations Global Network for putting on an amazing event for the Florida community
60's 70's 80's
First there was posing. Music was the cornerstone and the engine of the dance. - The Bone
Don't Miss It!
EVERYTHING we used in Inspiration was Literal and had a Subtext or Definition and Meaning" -Viktor Manoel
"Rare chance to learn to greatest moves of the 60's 70's and 80's from the source"
Chris Caldwell CEO Ovations Network
PUNKING has History Whacking has not only a Definition but a Purpose
MAKE PEOPLE SEE THE MUSIC! "