Class DetailsWhat: New England Lockshop
When: Every Saturday at 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Where: The Studio @ 550, 550 Mass Ave, Cambridge MA 02139
Admission: $15 per class | Preregister Online Only
Here’s another special….
We’re hosting a LockShop this Sunday, October 16th at 1 pm.
This is special because it will also be a fundraiser for our super awesome, event that will go down in history, The Vaudeville Funk Revolution.
Save your spot at the link below!
The Real History of Locking, as told by Don “Cambellock” Campbell
Locking is considered the first Street Dance Style. It was created in 1970 by Don Campbell at LA Trade Technical College. Locking was created as a mistake. Don was being taught by his friends at how to do the Robot Shuffle, when he stumbled upon a movement that shocked his friends, pushing him to continue to “Do That Lock, Campbell. Do That Lock”.
From that moment on, Don “Campbellock” Campbell became a dance maverick, who blazed a distinct trail throughout the clubs of Los Angeles. His dance became so popular, in Feb of 1972, he released the single “The Campbellock” on Stanton Records.
That year, Don also went on to appear The TV show “Soul Train”, where he became a regular dancer and a fan favorite. In 1973, Don was kicked off Soul Train for standing for the right for dancers on the show to get paid for their time and effort.
So together with the Legendary Choreographer Toni Basil, Don founded the dance group first called “The Campbellock Dancers” later called “The Lockers” that would change the face of dance forever.
Don, Toni and The Lockers, which included Greg “Campbellock Jr” Pope, Leo “Fluky Luke” Williamson, Fred “Mr. Penguin” Berry, Adolfo “Shabba-Doo” Quinones, and Bill “Slim the Robot” Williams took the Entertainment industry by storm, with Live Performances, as Awards Show Presenters, Commercial Endorsements, Movies, Guest Appearances on Television, and even their own TV special.
Locking is the freedom of expression, using “The Lock”, as the base from which the movements flow through. In simple terms, it’s freestyle dance, where you are free to move to the music, returning to “The Lock” as the base.
Besides The Lock, Don did a variety of movements when he was creating the dance which is now synonymous with “Locking” Today such as, “The Wrist Roll”, “The Points”, Knee Drops, “Up Lock”, “Down Lock”, “Giving Yourself 5”, “Giving The Floor 5”, Dives, and Splits.
Additional movements were later contributed by Members of The Lockers or Dancers associated with The Lockers. They took moves that already existed and “Lockafied” them. These movements were either brought about because of the need for steps everyone could do together during shows The Lockers did or were movements that the individual members of The Lockers used in their solos for the shows.
These movements include Leo walks (created to Leo “Fluky Luke” Williamson and used in his solos), scoo b doo, scoo bot, stop n’ go, scooby walk (all 4 dances credited to Jimmie “Scooby Doo” Foster but brought to the group by Greg “Campbellock Jr.” Pope for the unison parts of the shows), The Skeeter Rabbit (Credited to Tony “Go Go” Lewis but brought to the group by Greg “Campbellock Jr.” Pope for the unison parts of the shows) and which-a-ways (Credited to Leo ” Fluky Luke” Williamson, used in both solos and unison parts).
Locking is a dance which requires a balance of precision with groove, soul, and funk. Locking has most notably appeared in Music Videos from Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, Justin Timberlake, Wyclef, Jean, and more. And if you watch closely, Locking has appeared in dance movies such as 80’s classic “Breakin’ 1&2” to “You Got Served” and the “STEP UP” series.
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Locking 101: The art and history of Locking, real facts only
Locking is not just about dancing, it is about freedom of movement. As Don Cambpellock says; Locking has to come from the emotion, from the heart.
“The Campbellock” aka “Locking” is an improvisational performance dance which is based on the expression of the individual, with “The Lock” as its base, in which everything flows from (Dennis Ddouble Danehy, Son of Donald Campbell)
The best dancer doesn’t always win, it’s the best entertainer. Never hold back!
Don “Campbellock“ Campbell on Locking at HHI 2015
During his college years, Don Campbellock was attempting to do the Robot Shuffle dance among a number of friends. He did the interpretation of the dance, forcefully locking his elbows in place. His friends noticed that move and encouraged him to do it again, saying “Do that Lock Campbell, Do that Lock!” From then on his moves became known as Cambellocking. Don Campbell danced his dance from then on all over clubs and TV Shows, from 1970 to 1973.
The definition of locking, as envisioned by Don Campbellock, the father of Locking; by the words of his son Dennis Ddouble Danehy, “The Freedom of Movement, using the “Lock” as the base, for which everything flows from.”
When you break things down in to pieces, especially when the move I was doing was continuous, it doesn’t flow the way it’s supposed to. What I did was spur of the moment. I was spontaneous, right on the spot. Not making up steps. Especially not naming them.
Don „Campbellock“ Campbell
The Lockers were founded by Don Campbell and Toni Basil. This group was together from 1973 to 1976. The original members were Don „Cambellock“ Campbell, Toni Basil, Bill “Slim The Robot” Williams, Greg “Campbellock Jr.” Pope, Leo “Fluky Luke” Williamson, Fred “Mr.Penguin” Berry and later added Adolfo “ShabbaDoo” Quinones.
The Lockers “changed the face of dance” by bringing a new dance genre into Street Dance. The dance that became known worldwide as a genre that transcended art, fashion, pop culture and entertainment.
The initial name of Don “Campbellock” Campbell’s original dance group was The Campbellockers. But, this was only for their first show in “The Roberta Flack Special”. Some of the dancers participating in that show were not a part of the group that then became known as “The Campbellock Dancers” at “The Carol Burnett Show with Johnny Carson”. Due to legal issues, they then became known as “The Lockers”. The name “The Campbellock Dancers” actually came from Don Campbellock’s tour for the song “The Cambellock”.
The Campbellock Dancers always danced to music played by live musicians. The music genre wasn’t always necessarily constricted to Funk, Soul, R&B and Old School. The Lockers danced to the music that was popular among the crowd.
The Lockers had over 100 appearances on TV shows within the first 3 years. These shows include “Soul Train”, “Saturday Night Live” and “The Tonight Show”.
Michael Jackson has been quoted as saying that he got his dance moves from the children of the ghetto. Don Campbellock was one of these “children”. A young man that found his purpose in the freedom of movement and the irreplaceable emotion that creative dance provides and the one that shared his unlimited creativity and excellent showmanship to amaze and entertain others with his dance.
Don Campbellock’s dance came from his heart, from his emotions and the inspiration that the music gave him. He didn’t create or follow a choreography, and he didn’t give his moves any particular names.
When I was out on that floor, I wasn’t trying to come up with steps then name them. That’s not and has never been what my dance was about. That’s not how creativity works. You got to let it flow. And whatever comes out is you being you.
Don “Campbellock” Campbell
The Locking dance form is half a century old, and it is still loved by everyone who encounters it, for its unique energy and entertainment style. Unfortunately, as all history is retold by many, the real history gets lost along the way.
These facts were written with the cooperation of Dennis Ddouble Danehy, the son of Donald Campbell.
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And stay tuned for a Locking Revolution coming your way…
Next up, Locking 101: Infographic
We’ve set the dates for the next Lock Shops.
The Lock Shops with BeanTown Lockers and Boston Mobile Dance Studio is a project with some amazing fun stuff coming up.
This is a really exciting period for all of us; our creative community and Boston Mobile Dance Studio.
Here are the details…
Here it is again; LockShop with BeanTown Lockers.
You love it, we love it! Together we’re lovin’ it!
It’s so exciting to have this amazing possibility to spread the positive Locking energy through Boston, join us in our Locking Revolution at the BMDS & BeanTown LockShop!
This time, the LockShop details are:
Monday, July 11th, 8:30 pm – 10:00 pm
The Dance Complex
536 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge MA 02139
$12 at the door
Click below to register
As many of you already know, we’re hosting a number of awesome dance workshops during this period and in the months to come. These dance workshops will be hosted all across New England. The upcoming is the New England Lock Shop, bought to you by the BeanTown Lockers.
The New England BeanTown Lockers Lock Shop, will take place the day after the2Gether Dance Workshop.
When: Monday, June 6th, 8:00 – 9:30 PM
Where: The Dance Complex, 536 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge Ave, MA 02139
How much: $10 when you register online, $12 at the door
Reserve your spot by clicking the link below: