always inspired to dance by a family who appreciated music for many years,
Shock-a-lock has always performed and expressed a love for performing and
creative arts. Ironically, similar to Don Campbell, he grew up loving art:
drawing, painting, but found a balance with both art forms.
early days, Shock-a-lock was inspired by family members who did dances from the
eras blues of rock & roll, soul and more. He was considered a favorite to to
entertain whenever there was a house party, community event, etc.
outside inspirations came from the likes of stories of dancers he was exposed to
such as The Four Covans, Maxie Mcgee, Bert Williams, Douglass Wineglass, and of
course the God father of Soul himself, the legendary James Brown. So the battle
of the arts began. Which should he choose…
ended up choosing to attend the High School of Art & Design for illustration.
Yet used home, and parties to vent his dancing creativity.
70s, like many young people, he was more inspired by the young dancers who
appeared on the "Soul Train" television show. His dream, "to simply be the first
locker/robot at that school." That reality spiraled quickly into a greater love
and respect for the dance. He created local dance teams for showcases and talent
some friends weren't as serious, Shock-a-lock refused to give up. In his second
year of H.S. , he met his first distant robot partner, Alicia John She was also
a Soul Train Fan. They became the school's favorite 'dynamic dance duo."
joined the after-school theater arts group and eventually performed mime and
street dance showcase annually. Each year, someone new was added to the team.
That was the inspiration for his first group, "Realism." The group expanded
after he graduated from high school.
Alicia came her brother Eddie, Shock-a-lock's cousin Andre, Shakespeare and
others. They eventually won city wide talent showcases, and began to teach
others. Realism became a house hold name. It marked the history of the first
lockers in New York City.
forward, Shock-a-lock has spawned "Lockism," the world's first mimelockers.
He's taught/inspired many new school lockers including: Shodown, Lucas Lock,
Firelock, Princess Lockeroo, Hurrikane, Tyfoon, Idan Baranes, and a host of
Shock-a-lock represents "the epitome of the power of creativity." He clearly
demonstrates how to get new lockers to be themselves, and stand out! Today he
expresses this action in a new workshop series titled: "Locking Out Loud,"
The purpose of this workshop is to encourage new world lockers to grow
by "exploring creativity." That is the ultimate way to express
themselves, and stand out! While the moves and style of the original
lockers made history, it's past time that today's generation put their
mark in history, while maintaining rhythm in this creative street dance
category. This workshop will be lead by Shock-a-lock, New York's first
locker, and coach to the new-world star lockers. He's inspired many
notable lockers including: Firelock, Shakespeare, Hurrikane, Princess
Lockeroo, and Alan Watson, of New York, Idan Baranes of Israel, Isolock
of New Jersey, to name a few. "Locking Out Loud" is the start of a bold
direction for upcoming lockers who dare to stand out!