Back with the collaboration workshops and bringing the funk.Learn for to fuse funky grooves within both styles of popping and locking.
7:30-8pm: Sign-in & Stretch
8pm: Workshop lead by Katalyst & Firelock
Cost: $10 in advance
$15 at the door
Omar “FireLock” Thomas, also known as “The Flying Prince of Lock”, has been lighting up streets and stages for over 13 years. Known for his explosive style and animated character, this dynamic dancer has the reputation to soar through space and electrify crowds across the world. Born and raised in New York City, NY (USA), Firelock began has journey b-boying in 2000 with the Vanderbilt Breakers. In 2003, Firelock truly found his heart and calling in the art form of Lockin’. He began training under the pioneer Locker, Shock-a-Lock, and became a member of his company - Lockism. Firelock quickly gained global recognition in the dance community by winning numerous, highly coveted Lockin’ championship titles, which include: 2011 Juste Debout 2vs2 Lockin’ World Champion, 3-time Hip Hop International Lockin’ Champion (2009, 2010, & 2013), the Don Campbellock Award (2009, 2010), Beijing’s 2012 Keep On Dancin’ World Crew Battle Champion, and Japan’s 2-time World Dance Colosseum 2vs2 Champion (2011 & 2013). Firelock now continuously travels the world as an international judge, teacher, performer, and competitor. His recent travels include Japan, Taiwan, Russia, Sweden, Canada, Beijing, Czech Republic Germany, Italy, France, Switzerland, and Singapore. Inspired by his own greatest mentors - Shock-a-Lock and Don Campbell (creator of Lockin’), Firelock hopes to encourage future generations to find and free themselves through dance. He believes that we all have incredible originality and creativity within, and hopes to empower all people to accept and appreciate their unique expression and voice. SHIZAAAM
Kunle Oladehin, aka Katalyst, began dancing at the age of sixteen. Not having any outlet for dance in his hometown of Memphis, TN, he could only mimic dances he saw in music videos and movies. Leaving Memphis to attend college in Boston, he was soon exposed to the streetdance scene. When he wasn't in class studying, he would be in the studio or at a jam learning as much as he could from some of Boston's legends, Megatron and Shallow. He soon found a passion for the art of freestyle dance with an emphasis on popping and hip hop. While he was in Boston he danced and choreographed for Slaughterhouse, Static Noyze, and Side Project in addition to many solo projects. Over the years, he’s been blessed with the chance to share his dance both in the US and abroad. And in 2010 he was brought on as a choreographer for the Dance Central Series. He currently resides in New York where he continues to train, teach, and share.