Fresno State history professors and students are launching a project to document the history of “popping,” a dancing style that originated in Fresno in the 1970s.
Faculty and students are looking for walk-ins who can provide oral histories and photos during the documentation on Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon in the Henry Madden Library. The event is free and open to the public, said university spokeswoman Kathleen Schock.
Historian Sean Slusser and B-Boy Goku will take part in a discussion, followed by lunch and a dancing demonstration from 1 to 2 p.m. in front of the University Student Union.
The dance craze originated with the Electric Boogaloos, a group from Fresno. In 1979, the group was on Soul Train and would go on to inspire some of Michael Jackson’s most iconic moves, said Schock.
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Fresno State professors hope to preserve the history of the origins of “popping” and have the oral histories and digitized photos archived in the Henry Madden Library.