How to Learn Popping and Locking Dance


Popping is one of the many movies associated with BreakDancing. Popping is basically when people quickly tighten there muscle then release it. By learning how to tie these together, it can make up almost all of a dance itself. It was originally started in the 1970s to Funk music, but over time has been taken and changed by hip hop dancers. Popping takes a lot of muscle control to do accurately as it involves many moves connected in a chain type order.


Locking is the act of having quick locking hand movements with more relaxed legs and body. Locking is mostly an interactive part of the dance allowing high fives with the audience, it is also used by background dancers to create effects if with a group or crew. Locking, was also started in the 1970's around funk music.


Most of these dances are not taught in any school. The best outlet to learn them is from someone who already knows them or though videos like youtube. Here is a basic learning video:

The most direct example of Popping and Locking is shown in this music video for the song "Pop Lock and Drop it":

It all adds to advanced dances like this video:

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BrianS 7 years ago from Castelnaudary, France

Bit too old for this myself but it looks great, makes you want to be young again.

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Princessa 7 years ago from France

I like this, I wish I could move like that :)

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thranax 7 years ago from Rep Boston MA Author

Maybe someday I can learn some, nothing impressive though.

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RNMSN 7 years ago from Tucson, Az

cool hub thranax! but this dance looks as if this ole bod would get hurt if she tried it!

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Susan Ng 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

Wow, nice! :) I actually do some dance choreography for our school programs. I could use a few simplified variations of popping and locking on our next presentation. Thanks. :)

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Dame Scribe 7 years ago from Canada

I check these videos out too. Always trying keep my own groove uptodate, lol. Great Hub! :)

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Marisa Wright 6 years ago from Sydney

What's interesting is that Tribal Fusion bellydance uses pops and locks. Rachel Brice is the best-known exponent - you'll find her on Youtube! I've tried doing a workshop on it, but I'm hopeless...

dee 6 years ago

I'm sickened that the history of this dance, popping or poplocking, has been lost to ignorance and lies. I don't believe it began in fresno, I did it on soul train, at clubs and parties in the 70s and early 80s and cannot find, not even 1 video of the original pop locking crews. Not only has the dance not changed at all, current dancers are only half able to do the moves. Another piece of black history lost in the fray and stolen by all. Why does this bother me so much? Because unlike everyone else, these black boys are susceptible to more brutality and death than all others and yet, as they are stolen from, no one does a thing to empower them in their struggles. Then to add insult to injury, the history of black dance is distorted and lost. Same story different day.

Mridul 6 years ago

It is awesome.......really!!!! it rockz.!!

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emosultan 5 years ago

its awesome n iwant to learn ...................

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