Soul Train Legends Honored at NYC’s Compete to the Beat

Tyrone me and Don CampbellSoul Train icons Tyrone “The Bone” Proctor and Don “Campbell Lock” Campbell received special honors recently during a ceremony at New York City’s PMT Dance Studios as part of “Compete to the Beat,” a dance competition in which dancers competed in a street dance showdown in categories that included popping, locking, krumpin’ and top rock.

Compete to the Beat logoThe ceremony brought out a variety of skillful and versatile dancers of all ages and races, ranging from a little boy who battled an adult in locking to a 73 year old man whose dance moves put a lot of twenty and thirty-somethings to shame. Judges for the contest included the aforementioned Don Campbell and other renowned dancers such as Shock-A-Lock, Hitmaster Fish, Bboy Menesis and Dreamz.

The event itself was put together by PMT Dance Studios CEO Pavan Thimmaiah along with dancers Shock-A-Lock and Nemesis. This was the first “Compete to the Beat” event.

“We always tried to promote the street dance scene and represent it properly,” said Thimmaiah. “Shock-A-Lock and Nemesis came to me with the idea to do the event and we discussed it and put it together.”

“We want to positively influence the young community and dance community and bring awareness to Don Campbell and Tyrone Proctor,” added Thimmaiah.

Aside from the actual contest, the whole heart and soul of the event was to give props to Proctor and Campbell, who helped to not only influence but change the landscape of the dance scene.

The special awards were presented to Proctor and Campbell by Dance Mogul Magazine’s CEO Basil Harris and Anthony Harris, Director of Marketing for Dance Mogul Magazine, for their pioneering contributions to dance. Campbell is the creator of the legendary dance step locking and was also the founder of the world-renowned dance group The Lockers. Proctor pioneered the wacking dance revolution. Both locking and wacking are still being learned and taught around the world to this very day, which is  testament to the durability and importance of learning these dances. Both Campbell and Proctor have dance classes teaching their respective dances. extends its congratulations to Tyrone “The Bone” Proctor and Don “Campbell Lock” Campbell!

–Stephen McMillian

Stephen McMillian is a journalist, writer, actor, filmmaker, dancer/performer, Soul Train historian and soul music and movie historian. He is also a former Soul Train dancer.

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