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LockerLegends “10 years in revue”

10 years ago when we decided to create Lockerlegends we saw a need in a then growing new locking community for education and understanding ,concerning our wonderful world of Locking.we realized that many stories, and events in locking history were never documented or taught. we recognized the lack of of a wide vision from the many perspectives that produced the dance you see today. and one of the most neglected issues was that of the cultural connection during the times the Dance style was developed. Many changes have taken place in the last 10 yrs, and we sincerely hope they have been beneficial to you in your journey.
Although I have been the primary web keeper.when this site first started it was not an individual project , it was a combined effort of several people to finally expose a different perspective, Many of their request to preserve much of the lost history promoted ,myself, Greg Pope, Tony GoGo, Steve Crane, Greg Dandridge, Guy Evans, Arnetta Johnson, Leo Williamson, Tito Collins and several others, with a vast knowledge of the dance and its era to come together to produce this information, which comes from a variety of personal experiences and research……..…James Higgins ” Og Skeeter Rabbit”
“2003″ we saw very little understanding of the pre Lockers era, and the people who contributed to this era
TODAY…more original Lockers & groups have been exposed and their stories and contributions have been documented through our site,
There was only one camp that featured Locking, and no original era pioneers was involved, in that camp, we were the first to involve the original pioneer in a multi day camp, and not a single day workshop, with our Lockerlegends bootcamp program in 2005, this camp, became  known today as the Elite locking cam
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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”  Help us solidify this from just a dance into a ART-FORM to be passed down to future generations !

 

 

HOW DID THIS HAPPEN? & WHAT INSPIRED THIS DANCE?

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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.

The unity of dance and Locking was expressed at the 1972 Watts Stax concert

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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

                      10 year anniversary

                       10 years we have served your Locking educational needs

***NEW EDITORIAL***** DANCE ENLIGHTENMENT …  A MUST READ !!

  • written by Og SkeeterRabbit on 5/5/2010

 

“YOU CANNOT KNOW WHERE YOU ARE GOING UNLESS YOU KNOW WHERE YOU BEEN”

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Our New Generation has been inspired by the old, However understanding the mission and resposibility to pass on the movement with respect is the challenge issued by the YOUR old school today,Back in the day social poets Gil Scott Heron put out that challenge to the youth of  the 1960s & 70s,,,AND we responded ! YES THERE WAS RAP back then ,and there was a street movement ,Even though the term “HipHop  hadn’t been coined back then

 

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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

 Tony GoGo Interviews   CLICK HERE to read more on the GoGo Brothers Page & view the Video

 

“WHAT DOES THE WORD FUNK OR FUNKY MEAN”…..People have confused these words for years (click here) By Og Skeeter Rabbit & Tony GoGo

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THE LOCKING TIMELINE

follow the progression and evolution

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‘THE LOCKERLEGENDS’ NEW SKOOL INTERNATIONAL PAGE

“THE New School WORLD OF LOCKING PAGE”

This section of the website is currently under construction , It will have new school history

and International pages with information from countrys around the world

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Memorial Tribute Page GREG CAMPBELLOCK JR.RIP

GREG 1952-2010

************************************************************************************************ The Legend “Jimmy Scoo B doo” Foster Click To go to Read More…

 ”The GHETTO DANCERS” Steve “Sinbad” Crane 

Read Entire Interview with Video Click on this link  Jeffery Daniels letter to Lockerlegends

Lockerlegends interview

 

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 Gemini , Locking4Life

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RIP

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