Hip Hop Series: Locking

Locking, (originally Campbellocking) is a comical street dance using the frequent “locking” of limbs in time with the music. It relies on fast and distinct arm and hand movements combined with more relaxed hips and legs. The movements are generally large and exaggerated, and often very rhythmic and tightly synched with the music. Locking is quite performance oriented, often interacting with the audience by smiling or giving them a high five.  The beginning of Locking can be traced to one man, Don Campbell. In the late 1960s he put together several fad dances adding moves of his own (notably the “Lock”) when performing which became fundamental to the new style called Campbellocking.

Locking Dance Video: Hilty & Bosch – “Get Em Up” Locking Dance