LockerLegends ” 15 years of service”
Almost 20 years ago when we decided to create Lockerlegends, There was no internet presence addressing the cultural art form of locking that developed from the Don Campbell creative dance style of Campbellocking. This was back when we saw a need in a then growing new locking community for education and the understanding of the importance of the historical history concerning our wonderful world of Locking.
We realized that many stories, and events in locking history were inaccurate, This was because the true background and events surrounding its inception were never documented or taught correctly, and that there were perspectives that came from individual experience. but did not address the experience of a community evolving from an era that inspired the dance styles evolution into a full fledge cultural art form . One of the main causes we sighted was be that some of those who profited ,believed that the true history and inclusion of others would stifle their dominance of the dances history
We recognized the lack of of a wide vision from the many perspectives that produced the dance you see today was missing.
One of the most neglected issues was that of the cultural connection during the times when the Dance style was developed.and its acceptance into the commercial world as crossover entertainment
Since the inception of this website sight in 2004, We are proud that we have been instrumental in the knowledge and awareness of todays locking community, We now see many quotes, and post involving our writings ,teachings and concepts all over the world. Just google locking history & there is probably something taken directly from our website posted there,
We were happy to be involved in the first Full week locking ONLY camps taught by original generation Lockers in 2005,
We are happy to see Full Locking camps now in existence, with the inclusion of multiple original era Pioneers,
We were happy to have connectted, The LEGENDARY dance and educational television show “SOUL TRAIN” train, and its social party dancing with the foundation of locking ,
We are proud yo have conducted The FIRST ever Social Party Dance class, that referenced the foundation dances and grooves of the 1960s to Locking. in 2005, TODAY we see Social Party Dance classes (which are called Soul Dances ) taught all over the world,
We were happy to introduce the world to the awareness of Locking before the commercial & performance locking, which has open an international awareness to Locking & its connection to its streets , Now we see Locking accepted with the other street forms at events all over the world.
We exposed many early Lost Lockers & their stories & contributions to the world ,including Charles Robot , His exposure was of the utmost importance, because of his connection to Don Campbell (with the robot shuffle) This has allowed the world to understand the connection to Locking with the animated styles of Popping..Today we have seen a movement to connect the many styles of popping back to its original roots of Northern California to Locking and Roboting, of Southern California.
We are happy to see that Locking & street dance is again connected to the term MOVEMENT, where we were one of the first to teach of the early movement of the 1960s & its connection to the purpose of Locking, Today we see many new school movements , Like Soul Universal, Watts Soul & Locking4life who have taken our lead and with many conversations have again producing the purpose of unity to our dance….
We have fought and continue to fight the attempt to DISTORT this education, and the movement to proclaim Locking a African American Dance art form as a racial separation , With the true education of its african american roots , to the true purpose of its acceptance by people of many races , creeds, color and religious backgrounds, showing that this dance had a original and continuing social purpose to unite and break down racial barriers , which go way beyond, its acceptance as marketable commercial entertainment
We have seen the uniting of the Original Era with the 1980s era, and later decades , all the way into the international scene, we have worked to explain the changes as this dance migrated without true documentation of a true foundational history ,we now provide that from a educational & from first hand experience , In our effort to preserve,and the attempts to pass on this dance as not only a STYLE,,but a true
Today its 19yrs years of this websights history