Ka Lok One
Alan “KaLok1” David is a Hip Hop head, street dance enthusiast, educator, (Campbel)locker, and community organizer.
Hanging out with his family around the old Alameda Navy Base, Alan witnessed a dance a little different from what he was saw on TV a decade earlier. It was 90s Bay Area, and his cousin’s friends were “houzers” and “breakers.” Alan and all the younger kids would mimic all the cool teenagers trying to do “Russian kicks”, “footwork”, and various forms of waving.
In middle school, Alan became a “strutter” in a crew of breakers called Electro Force/Rainbo Tribe. They looked up to crews like KNT, Jugheads, Air Force and Rock Force as legends. Much of the moves Alan’s middle school crew would do were bites off of the “Breakin'” and “Beat Street” films. Alan’s crew would battle other local crews at schools and malls in the area. Unfortunately many youth stopped dancing at this time because they were getting into gangs or racing.
In community college, Alan was exposed to the Bay Area rave culture. What really drew Alan to the culture were the raw dance circles. If it was some funky House track or Jungle, Alan would go into the dance ciphers and just BUST. It was definitely a freestyle–having no base foundation, so not many folks understood what Alan was doing. It was at this same time Alan met Jaypee at Chabot College in Hayward, CA. Jaypee was in Rock Force at the time and shared videos of the current street dance scene at the time. Though the bboying was dope, Alan really loved watching the dancers with the ups such as Mop Tops, Circle of Fire, Kmel, Juse Boogie, and Midus.
When Alan transferred to SF State, he moved to Daly City along with Jaypee and their other friend Anthony. Jaypee was straight Locking at that point and one of few still locking in the Bay. Before Alan could start learning from Jaypee, Jaypee moved to another location. Jaypee was cool enough to share a VHS tape of the Original Lockers, Flo Master, Gemini, Loose Caboose, and Jaypee’s own “underground clips.” This VHS tape and Skeeter Rabbit’s (RIP) “Original Style Locking” Vol. 1 would serve as a blueprint for Alan as he got hooked on the Locking dance style.
Instead of really getting into the dance thing, Alan got into community organizing and emceeing. Alan stayed a closet Locker until about 2008. He eventually started taking classes at the old GroovMekanex Head Quarters soaking all he could from all the members. GM members such as Chaz and Mikey P really took Alan under their wing and pushed Alan to improve his Locking. Alan’s previous experiences helped him excel pretty quickly.
Along with learning moves, groove and technique, Alan was able to learn about the culture and history from Chaz, Doc, and other dance community members. The fact that many of these stories were not documented is what pushed Alan to eventually pursue his master’s degree with his thesis focusing on the early history of Bay Area street dance.
Alan has also made efforts to combine community work and street dancing by creating various youth street dance programs as well as throwing street dance events and competitions as community fundraisers.
Alan would eventually join GroovMekanex in 2013 after a performance at the Renegades Anniversary.
KaLok1 shot outs: RT2, IOY, Varriable Narratives, Praxis Roks, Hillside Funk, K-Movement, SPC
What’s up with the dance alias?
Many folks have been wondering what the hech Ka Lok One means so here it goes…
Ka Lok One is supposed to be pronounced either two ways.
ka lok wan where the “lok” is pronounced like Tone Loc or where lok rhymes with woke like when somebody just woke up from sleeping.
If that’s too difficult, you can also pronounce it as “Clock” One.
kalokwan means crazy in kapampangan. Kapampangan is my family’s dialect from the Philippines which I understand but cannot speak. I love that language and consider dialects similar to slang. I feel my version of locking is a little different from everybody else’s. Some might call it crazy or some of it call it a different style of locking (similar to slang in language.) I flipped kalokwan and made it Ka Lok One.
Syllable Break Down
I chose “Ka” because in tagalog ka has a very important role in words that describe unity and togetherness such as kasama (comrad) or kaibigan (friend). If you look at the “Ka” symbol in babayin (ancient Filipino script) it looks like a bridge. To many Filipinos and Filipino American organizers and community members, Ka has a meaning of bringing/bridging the community.
“Lok” is obvious. It’s because my favorite style of dancing is Locking. Locking is the first street dance style created by Don Campbell in the 70s which was danced to Funk Music.
“One” is thrown in there as a respect to Hip Hop. Graf writers, emcees, bboys, etc. threw a One in there to acknowledge they are the first or only person with that name. I grew up on Hip Hop and loved how one sounds next to a one or two syllable name. Examples: Spice 1, Asia One, Derf One.