Time: early 1970s.
Place: nightclubs of Los Angeles.
Creator: Don Campbell.
Basic moves: point, wrist roll, lock, clap, uplock, pase, etc.
Locking was created by Don Campbell. Don says that he was attempting to do the popular dance called the "Funky Chicken" but was doing it poorly and pausing a lot. He noticed that the audience liked his stops and began to add them into his freestyling. His style was so different that it really became popular.
People all over the United States started to copy the moves of Don and the group he started with other Soul Train dancers called "The Campbellock Dancers” (the Original Lockers/the Lockers) .
The main things associated with the Locking style were the costumes and the large, expressive movements. Every move in Locking is done to get a reaction and therefore is exaggerated for that effect. When the Lockers did a show, they were the show.