Locking & Popping


Locking, originally called Campbellocking, was created in Los Angeles by Don Campbell and introduced to the country by his crewThe Lockers. Modern locking looks similar to popping and thus gets confused with popping all the time. In locking a dancer holds their positions longer. The lock is the primary move used in locking. It is similar to a freeze or a sudden pause. A locker’s dancing is characterized by consistently locking in place and after a quick pause moving again. It is incorrect to call locking pop-locking, Popping and locking are two distinct funk styles with their own histories, their own set of dance moves, and their own competition categories. A dancer can do one or the other but not both at the same time.


Popping was created by Sam Solomon in Fresno, California and performed by his crew the Electric Boogaloos. It is based on the technique of quickly contracting and relaxing muscles to cause a jerk in the dancer’s body, referred to as a pop or a hit. Each hit should be synchronized to the rhythm and beats of the music. Popping is also used as an umbrella term to refer to a wide range of 10+ other closely related illusionary dance styles such as strobingliquid,animation, and waving that are often integrated with standard popping to create a more varied performance.

In this category we will teach:

  • Basic Foot work
  • Floor work sequence
  • Basic of Break dancing
  • Stunts