GroovMekanex 19th Anniversary Thank You’s

We’ve all been so busy after our GroovMekanex 19th Year Anniversary back in NOV (2018), but I guess this is better late than never! We just wanted to take the time to send out a much needed THANK YOU to everyone who supported everything GMx19.

There aren’t that many Locking specific events/jams here in the Bay Area, so we try our best to create a space where the few Lockers out there can still gather outside of classes/sessions and just have fun dancing together in a party environment.

A huge thanks to our big sis’ Tash for coming back to the Bay as our guest judge for the Locking battles. You always support and show love in everything we do. It means so much to us to have your presence in the Bay, your guidance, mentorship, feedback, laughs, breaking bread together, (and the dancing was pretty cool too haha). We were so glad to be able to set up some workshops for you this time around, thank you for sharing so much knowledge here, we appreciate you Tash!!

To my fellow DJs, Jaypee, Lars for the dope music during the battles and Dug Infinite for providing the music for the after-party. The backbone to every event, thank you guys for rocking it. Our MC Coflo for always having our back and keeping everyone’s energy up the entire event. Damn, you also killed your solo too bro, you never cease to amaze us.

Our day-of coordinator, Geraldine for helping us get our sh*t together. You are a blessing and we appreciate you and all the time you put into making sure everything runs as smoothly as possible. Also thank you for putting up with us! haha. To all our superstar volunteers Barbara, Christine, Marj, MikeyP, Cindy, Alan, Ivy, Phung, RJ, Clarence, Mark Rock, Andrew, Nancy, Gail, Lauren, Don, Uz, (sorry to anyone else I may have missed) for holding down the entrance, security, merchandise, and battle logistics. Thank you so much for your time and support! We seriously couldn’t have done this without you! You guys are the best!! Angie, our GMx19 Logo challenge winner. That was pure genius! lol

To Billy of Il Pirata for providing a space for us to have the event, as well as our monthly party Rhythm&Groov. Thank you, big bro! To our studio homies at MVMNT, Get Down, and Purdance for hosting the GMx19 Anniversary Locking workshops w/Tash. Thank you for all you do in supporting our Locking community. The Get Down Kids, Michael and K-Fresh, y’all are the future of Bay Area Lockers, you two killed it! CJ for the Flyer and Trophy design, and Chris for the trophy build. I think we’ve hit the standard! The trophy looks awesome! Our boy, The Cook Mark Torres & Rick for providing all the amazing food, those filipino style tostadas were bomb!

Special shoutout to all the out-of-towners/international folks who came in for the jam. Boris, I’m so glad we finally got you to come out to the Bay from Vancity! Trouble Lock for coming out every year! Tre, I was lightweight hoping you’d bust out the Riddler outfit again hehe. Our TO funky folks, Hiro/Ocean, I’m so glad you guys came out! Next time ya’ll gotta try to stay longer though! ChiFunk, Daleo, Al, it was great meeting you guys, thank you for flying all this way to support. Lockstatic, good seeing you (bring Stephanie next time! haha). Our homeland brother Oni, next time you gotta enter as “Oni” and rock that Akuma SFIV steez haha.

Our B.A.L.L. sisters (Bay Area Lady Lockers), it means a lot to us to have you there always supporting GM. It’s so important to have a strong representation of women especially in the Bay Area Locking community, and we are so glad that y’all are the ones at the forefront holding it down, not just as “Lady Lockers” but as the strong Queens that you all are. Congrats to our GMx19 Champion, James aka Zebra Pants! Ever since the 1st GMx battle you just keep improving. You put in the work and it shows! You are our 1st USA winner! Woohoo haha. Francis, you killed it in the finals with James too! You were one of my favorites of the night, you already know wussup! Always fun getting down with you in the cyphers.

To the rest of our Bay Area Locking family and beyond, thank you for everything! Seeing how far everyone has come throughout their journey in dance is such a trip. Witnessing first hand, some from the start, being shy to go in the cyphers, to totally killing a prelim, or having fun just 2-stepping at the after-party, then busting out Locking out of nowhere with everyone. Y’all inspire us, keep doing what you’re doing! We’re so proud of you all and proud to be a part of this community with you. Putting this event together every year can get stressful AF, but once we see you all in that room having a good time, it makes it all worth it.

Speaking of stress lol, to my GM brothers… thanks guys.

Lol jk. All I gotta say is thank God for FB messenger video group mtgs technology lol. We’re not getting any younger and our grown-up schedules make it harder and harder every year to commit to what we need to do, but it always works out in the end. Alan thanks for all the work you put into planning, coordinating, facilitating, all the prep that we always overlook, I know you are hella busy, we appreciate you bro for real, let’s get that GMHQHayward sessions going (and also get you to rap on the mic more haha). Brian for managing the battles, your attention to even the smallest details makes such a difference in the vibe of it all. Please reply to my messages faster lol jk (but not really). Looking forward to more DJ/beat/gaming sessions with you. Jaypee, quit turning off the music lol (inside joke). Great idea with the design for the shirts this year! What should we do for next year? Sal for always being down for anything and your bright energy, you always get us hype. MikeyP, even though you don’t consider yourself an active GM anymore, it meant a lot to have you there, always good to see you man! Like I said it totally makes it all worth it once we get to the day of. I love y’all and doing this every year, there is always something new to learn about ourselves. Chaz, for always setting things up at our monthly R&G so that we can fundraise for the anniv, and for having us be a part of your crew, GM (*does awkward Chaz forearm handshake lol). Thanks for always being a big brother amd funkel haha. We’ve got a lot of work to do for GMx20, but I know we’re ready (I think lol). Can we please get a complete GM reunion for this? Bay Area x SD x DC x Paris? Let’s do it up big y’all!

To, our media squad, Vianca and Jamison for capturing all the special moments and more throughout the event. Thank you so much for all that great work! Everything turned out awesome! (*Check out all the footage and pictures on the GM site at www.groovmekanex.com)

Finally to our hero, the KING Don Campbellock Campbell, the creator of Campbellocking aka Locking. GroovMekanex would not be here if it wasn’t for you! Thank you for paving the way and for everything you’ve done for dance! We will forever honor you especially each time we hit that LOCK!

THANK YOU SO MUCH, AGAINNNNN to everyone who took the time out to help spread the word, stop by the jam, and those who donated! We are forever grateful to you! Thank you for your support! See you at GMx20!!!! (or on 3rd Saturdays at our monthly Rhythm&GrooV party shameless plug heheh).

*Note to everyone to check out!

Photos:
https://lightroom.adobe.com/shares/85e722b36f8d4f8cb4b1331f029605f8
Battles:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLDi-W5icMEsbo8Pajv1OPvc7IE9VStXSD

Finally to our hero, the KING Don Campbellock Campbell, the creator of Campbellocking aka Locking. GroovMekanex would not be here if it wasn’t for you! Thank you for paving the way and for everything you’ve done for dance! We will forever honor you especially each time we hit that LOCK!

THANK YOU SO MUCH, AGAINNNNN to everyone who took the time out to help spread the word, stop by the jam, and those who donated! We are forever grateful to you! Thank you for your support! See you at GMx20!!!! (or on 3rd Saturdays at our monthly Rhythm&GrooV party shameless plug heheh).

-Dennis

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