About Locking - Part 4
The Campbellock Essence
The essence of locking can be difficult to understand. It is also probably the reason why many teachers aren’t able to objectively pass it on to their students.
When Don says: “Take the dance and make it your own! Can’t nobody beat you at being you!” What does that mean?
If you are looking at the 1st of “The Campbellock Dancers/The Lockers, they all have a very distinctive personality which transcends into the way they dance. They all learned the dance by looking at Don, trying their best to do everything he was doing. They also understood that there was only one Don “Campbellock” Campbell and they would never be able to “be him”! So they each added their own flavor into the dance and created their own steps.
Now it’s important to realize that they never removed anything Don created, they only added to it. Without what Don created there is no Locking!!
The essence of The Campbellock a.k.a. Locking is your own style, creativity, personality, showmanship mixed in with the movements of Don himself.
“The Lock” was named by Sam Williams to acknowledge the movement Don was predominantly doing. In those days in college people called each other by their last name. So Sam said “Do That Lock, Campbell, Do That Lock”. What came next was Don’s creativity that flowed through this movement that made the dance work. And that’s how Don Campbell became “Campbellock”!
The Campbellock a.k.a. Locking must be unified with the personality of the dancer. That’s what differentiates you from everyone else; your creativity, skills and connection to the music.
As mentioned in the prelude, Don didn’t planned on creating a dance. What he was doing while dancing was just and simply him getting down, trying to be creative, different, and impress people. He was first expressing his individuality.
Don didn’t dress up to give a style to his dance. What is today considered a locking costume is how Don used to dress all the time.
So if you can do Don’s moves and be yourself while you dance then you are definitely Campbellocking”.
A good teacher knows that and should always give students the freedom to be themselves. He or she should also be able to teach how Don did the dance he created (not only their way of doing them) if not, they are only teaching subjectively, which is not the original way from which everything started.
To dance this style, you must understand Don (not merely imitate). Be yourself (put in your dance what is special about you and what no one else can do)!
Next, we’ll talk about Fundamental moves of Campbellocking.