Learn Locking | A hip-hop funk dance

The fastest and most effective way to learn locking for dancers of any level.
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Instructed by Ernest Chan Health & Fitness / Dance
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  • Lectures 36
  • Length 2 hours
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 1/2014 English

Course Description

Want to learn more? Check out the "what you'll learn preview".

Learn locking easily and rapidly today! This course is about guiding someone with no dance experience to a good locker as fast as possible. You'll learn the important details and practice methods of every move, along with how to become a creative locker.

Why learn Locking? Maybe you just want to learn a new style of dance. Or, maybe you want to perform or bust out funky moves on the dance floor. There are tons of possibilities for where to Lock! You can Lock at parties, in the club, in talent shows, at weddings, at the mall, and basically anytime a remotely funky song comes on.

This course contains the tutorial videos I wish I had when I first started out. These videos are only available on Udemy. What's more, the course costs less than the price of a 1-on-1 dance class in NYC.

If you want to see locking in action, check out the pros. Search up on YouTube: "Hilty and Bosch Locking" or "locking khan korea's got talent".

In this course, you'll learn all of the basic to advanced moves. I start out teaching you how to best practice dance and get good quickly. Then, the course is structured so that the harder moves build on the more basic, making your learning straightforward and incremental. Locking combinations are interspersed in the course to help you synthesize what you've learned.

This is how a lesson goes: each lesson begins with a demonstration of the move, so you know what you'll learn. Then, the move is deconstructed and explained, we do it together to a slow count, and finally at full speed to the music. Often times, I'll show you variations. If a move is relatively harder, there will be practice methods in the break down to help you master it.

How long will the course take? The course can take 2 months, or a year to complete, depending on how much you practice. Don't worry if it takes some time though. Learning to dance requires both your brain and body to adjust. Bottom line is, it's an online course and you can progress at your own pace.

I hope you decide to enroll in what I truly believe is one of the best online sources for learning locking. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out.

What are the requirements?

  • A sense of rhythm
  • The ability to be funky

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Learn all the moves in Locking
  • Learn Locking combinations
  • Learn how to create your own Locking routines and freestyle

Who is the target audience?

  • Anyone interested in learning locking or dancing to funky music
  • Beginner Lockers

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Fundamentals

A trailer of a lot of the things you'll learn.


Hi, welcome to this course!

In this lesson I talk about, the content you get, how to practice dance, counting with music, and how to get good, fast.

These are the Locking videos I was talking about:

Locking Khan

Hilty and Bosch

P Lock

I'll link back to them at the end of the course.


How to do points and a basic combination.


Practice wrist rolls and points. You'll use them a lot!

There is also a downloadable video in this lesson where I break down wrist rolls even more, in case you found the lesson a bit too fast.


Learn The Lock. A key move in Locking.


Learn character looks.


Learn hand slaps.


Learn Arm rolls and a short combination.

Challenge: try out the 2 short combinations in Character Looks and Hand Slaps, but replace the wrist roll with an arm roll. How does it look? Do you like it better or worse?


Let's learn pacing!

Pacing with footwork is used a lot in locking. Play with combining simple footwork with pacing patterns.


Let's put together the fundamentals we've learned into a cool combination!

Yes I know the video is a bit darker than the others (due to something with the lights that day), but I think it actually works in our favor. Although you can't see my lovely face that well, the movements of my body are very clear contrasted with the bright background, which is what's important.

Section 2: Get Funky

Learn the high boot.


Learn the Locker's Hop.


Learn the Scuba, aka the pendulum kick.


Learn the kick, ball change


Learn to smack roaches, with your hand!


Learn the Scooby Doo.


Experiment with smaller, more subtle rocksteadies. Do you like how it looks? It can be used as a good change of pace for after you do a bunch of locking with large movements.


Learn the seek.


Learn the stop and go.


Learn the Scoop-Box.

After you master the in-place version, play with the moving versions. Also, play with taking parts of the scoop-box and combining it with other moves you've learned. You don't always need to do all four moves/parts in the scoop-box. To get you started, try doing the first two parts, then a scuba for 1 full bar. OR, try doing the first two parts, and for the last two, do a kick ball change with your lower body, but keep what you're doing with the arms. Sounds a little complex, but just try to imagine if for a second.


Learn the funkiest air guitar there is.


It's time to put together some of what we've learned.

Section 3: Footwork

It's time for some footwork. Learn the skeeter rabbit.


Add a step to the RockSteady to make it a walk.


Learn the Leo Walk.


Learn the Pimp Walk.


Learn the Locker's step.

Challenge: try adding your own basic routine to the upper body to make the Lockers Step more dynamic. Just using the fundamental moves (wrist/arm rolls, points, hand slaps, pacing) in a syncopated rhythm should make it look pretty good.


Learn the V-walk.


Learn the Charleston Shuffle.

Challenge: once you're good with the stationary shuffle, try moving to one side and then in a circle. The circle movement is great for when there's an audience surrounding you.

Section 4: Get Flashy

Make sure to stretch before a mid-air split!


Learn the Locker's split aka jazz split.

Again, stretch beforehand.


The knee drop! Actually doesn't hurt your knees.


Learn the Which-A-Way.


Learn the Apple Jack!

I don't really explain how to do a kip/kick up that well in the video, but here's one that does.


Learn a combination that combines all the flashy moves you've learned. This, or parts of this, is great for a "solo" situation.

Section 5: Ending

Thanks for enrolling and I really hope you found this course valuable!

In this final video I talk about creating variations, making your locking dynamic, musicality, creativity, and basics of freestyling.

Remember the videos I linked to in the introduction? Try again now to deconstruct what the Lockers are doing. It should make a ton of sense, and not to mention highly doable with enough practice. Here they are again:

Locking Khan

Hilty and Bosch

P Lock

If you liked this course, I'd really appreciate it if you took a little time to write a review.

Feel free to send me a message for any comments, feedback, or send me videos of you Locking. And tell me if you'd like to have me create a course on other styles of dance, like popping, club dancing, etc.


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Instructor Biography

Ernest Chan, Dancer

Ernest is currently a university student studying electrical engineering and is a long-time dance enthusiast. He started learning locking in 2012, and since then he's performed locking in front of large audiences, won a talent competition, and has done dance choreography. While he's not dancing, Ernest enjoys doing martial arts, music, reading, and dancing.

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