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Over 15 years Lockerlegends have served your Locking educational need
THE ART-FORM & CULTURE OF A STREET DANCE IS MUCH MORE THAN THE MOVES THAT CREATE THE DANCE ITSELF.
THE ORIGINAL DANCE STYLE CALLED LOCKING HAS DEEP ROOTS WITHIN A ERA, WHICH MENT SO MUCH TO THE UNITY AND DE SEGREGATION OF A PEOPLE… READ… LEARN...
and understand what brought about the evolution of words like soul and funk..
Understand the DANCERS that contributed to the Original foundation of this dance & opened the door to what exist today as
“THE STREET DANCE OF LOCKING”
Read about the social party that is a foundation to locking...
! Help us solidify this from just a dance into a ART-FORM to be passed down to future generations !
FROM CAMBELLOCKING to LOCKING
History of Locking
Don "Campbellock" Campbell, the Creator of Campbellocking
WHAT IS A LOCKER ?
- A LOCKER has been, for decades anyone who subscribes to the Locking lifestyle and is a student of the dance of Locking.
- The Lockers is the name of the group. Being considered A LOCKER is something that we all treasure and this term has been in existance prior to organized proffessional groups
Much love & respect to all our LOCKER brothers and sisters around the world.
THE WORLDS FIRST SYCHRONIZED LOCKING GROUP “THE ORIGINAL GOGO BROTHERS 1971/1973
Watts streetmovement of Locking was not only inspired by Don Campbell, but by the social Issues of the 1960s. This movement produced the first group ever.. pictured Left to Right Tony “GoGo” Lewis, James “SkeeterRabbit” Higgins and Edwin “Buddy GoGo” Lombard..from the GoGo, YoYo and CoCo Watts Brothers Family
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HOW DID THIS DANCE ARTFORM HAPPEN?
WHAT INSPIRED THIS DANCE?
IS IT A MOVEMENT OR JUST A DANCE?
The social connection to the era
Independent record companies such as Staxx, Motown and The Sounds of Philadelphia echoed the sounds which reflected the unity, pride and the struggles of our communities. They exposed the soulful harmony of well choreographed vocal groups and gave us the direct heart pounding inspirational music and lyrics of various bands.
During these times, the struggle was revealed through the social conscious music sung by artists like Marvin Gaye, James Brown,Curtis Mayfield andIssac Hayes.
“YOU CANNOT KNOW WHERE YOU ARE GOING UNLESS YOU KNOW WHERE YOU BEEN”
unknown authors quote
The inner city communities of the United States were marked with racial and social unrest during the civil rights movement of the 1960’s. This generation saw leaders such as Malcolm X, Dr. Martin Luther King, Robert Kennedy and John Kennedy assassinated and, those times and struggles were reflected in this music.
In that time There was also a new generation of early rap and revolutionary poetry that was put to beats by groups such as the Last Poets and Gil Scott Heron. During those times, the rhythmic freedom in the African American community could only be found in the inner cities segregated night clubs or in community house parties. The turn of the decade brought about a pride in the accomplishments made during the civil rights struggles.
The BOLD generation of the 1970’s was now free to express itself. SOUL TRAIN became the portal and revealed to the world its’ creativity. Funk music spearheaded the charge and Afro American youth boldly displayed their pride, with large Afro hair styles and colorful creative clothing. During this time, an art form was born.
This art form created a subculture which has influenced and transitioned the eras of Funk, Disco and Hip Hop through three decades. Yes! The art form first known as “Campbellocking” and now simmply as LOCKING
The Damita Jo Freeman Foundation
Soul Train Dancers speak
many of you have watched the soul train awards and wondered where are the real stars of that show “THE ORIGINAL DANCERS” well we are here because of many distorted depictions and stories of the early days on soul train Damita Jo Freeman and Co host Flo Jenkins have put panels together tp tell the world the real stories and true history of their experience within the show . but the cultural movement and the street dance scene that truly inspired its acceptance within a society just exiting the civil rights era at the end of the 1970s. Myself along with Lockerlegends was proud to be asked to participate on 6/2/2019 the second panel event was successfully held at Darby Park in the Inglewood section of the inner-city where I along with Damita Jo ,Alpha Anderson, Freddie Maxie, Thelma Davis, Perry Brown,Creole Creekmore, Lewis”deputy” Green,Sharon Hill, Bill “Slim” Williams ,Queen Turner, and Dianne Brunner Pukas from yhose original era 1970s shows, spoke as they were joined by an audience full of notables. as they began to set the record strait. cumulating with a special presentation from todays new school locking dancer Rebecca Tsaoism and the famed Soul Train Line
I want to thank Damita and Flo for taking up the mantle to where to share the real with this generation...
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Og Skeeter Rabbit
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In loving memory...
...to the ones who contributed to the dance, artform and culture of locking.
The artists that inspired us and who brought soul, funk and insipiration to the communities.
To the ones who will forever be in our hearts and never forgotten, we have done this memorial page to honor these Legends!
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