Leida Villegas, known also as Lady Sol, was a dancer herself before starting the FootworKINGz. I grew up in the mid ‘70s. Throughout the ‘80s, Humboldt Park was still a very gang-infested neighborhood.
Leida Villegas, also known as Lady Sol, pulled together some kids from the South Side and some kids from the West Side, called them the FootworKINGz, and got them a national TV commercial. After King Charles and Tee-Jay booked the commercial we shot a music video for this group from Chica
We have to start with Chicago’s house dance community. I used to dance for a lot of the house-dance artists back when I was in high school: Kashmir who is better known as Green Velvet, Dashé, Tin City, Fast Eddie . . . a lot of the house-music artists.