We are happy to announce that Amigo and Gemini will give a workshop with Q&A on short notice this Friday at our dance school motion*s!
Kadir „Amigo“ Memiş is a dancer, choreographer, and founder of the hip- hop group Flying Steps. He grew up in Anatolia and moved to Berlin in 1984. Since 1987 he has been exploring funksytle dances and their connec- tion to storytelling. He found his way into hip-hop culture and urban dances and has since become well-known for combining hip-hop with other ele- ments, such as traditional Turkish folk dance and Urban Calligraphy.
Locking (originally Campbellocking) is a style of funk dance, which is today also associated with hip hop. The name is based on the concept of locking movements, which basically means freezing from a fast movement and “locking” in a certain position, holding that position for a short while and then continuing in the same speed as before. 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 synced with the music. Locking is quite performance oriented, often interacting with the audience by smiling or giving them a high five, and some moves are quite comical/cartoonistic in nature.
The Mocking that Created Locking
One fateful day in the early 1970s, Don Campbell was performing the Funky Chicken (some say it was the Robot Shuffle) in front of an audience when he suddenly realized that he couldn’t remember his next move. He had reached a particularly intricate point in the dance when he realized that he had forgotten his next step. He furrowed his brow and scratched his head, but his brain would have none of it – it simply gave him the middle finger and refused to co-operate.So, he froze. Then a woman from the audience did what a lot of slightly inebriated folks would do – she laughed.Campbell quickly regained his composure and there it came to him – a flash of genius. Annoyed by his own failure, he simply showed her the finger – not the middle finger of course – he just pointed at her and that in turn caused everyone to look in her direction, giving them the impression that the pointing was actually a dance move.