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Adolfo ‘Shabba Doo’ Quinones, star of Breakin’, dies at 65


#Adolfo “#Shabba #Doo” #Quiñones, the dancer-actor who rose to fame starring in #Breakin’ and its sequel #Breakin’ 2: #Electric #Boogaloo, died #Wednesday. #He was 65.

#No cause of death has been announced. #Just a day before he was discovered unconscious, #Quiñones had posted a photo of himself smiling and giving the peace sign in bed, writing, “#Good news y’all! I’m feeling all better, just a wee bit sluggish from my cold, but the good news is I’m #Covid 19 negative! #Woo hoo!”

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#Besides appearing in the #Breakin’ films, both in 1984, he had a featured role on the big screen in “#Lambada” in 1990. #Prior to taking to the movies, #Quiñones was already a part of pop culture history for choreographing and appearing in #Lionel #Richie’s ‘#All #Night #Long’ video.

#Quiñones was a member of the #Lockers crew that helped popularize the locking style of street dance. #Co-founder #Toni #Basil posted that “it is with extreme sadness The #Lockers family announces the unexpected passing of our beloved #Adolfo #Shabba-doo #Quinones. #In this difficult time we are requesting privacy.”

#Sheila E. recalled touring with #Richie in her tweet calling #Shabba #Doo “my brother.”

“#Damn, #Shabba #Doo. RIP,” wrote DJ the #Blessed #Madonna. “#So sad to see so many of our foundational dancers passing this year.”

A message posted earlier on his web site said #Quiñones was in development on “a film based on his memoirs, The #Godfather of #Street #Dance: The #Dance #Forefather of #Hip #Hop, which will detail and his life and reveal the true origin of street-dance.”

#In a 2008 interview with the #Black #Hollywood #File, he discussed the making and impact of #Breakin’, saying it was critical in the development of hip-hop culture.

#Shabba #Doo, 1986. (#Getty)

“#It took only 21 days to make #Breakin’ at a budget of $900,000,” he said. “#It broke box office records and was the beginning of the hip-hop movement as we know it. #If it didn’t work I think this culture would have been in trouble… #We had #Beat #Street [and] everybody was throwing their hat in the ring, but it was #Breakin’ [that was] the one that really worked. … I think that it was the first film that showed hip-hop … had a multicultural face to it. #And we always knew that. #When I went out, I saw whites and blacks and #Hispanics and I saw #Asians and whatever all working together and doing it together. #But it was perceived through the media as being only a black culture or #Hispanic culture [thing]. #It wasn’t really something that everybody did. #And #Breakin’ showed that, with that white girl in it. … in the middle of all these #Black people [and] #Spanish people… and they totally identified with that. #And that I think was key.”

#But, he added, “#Hip-hop may have a multi-cultural face, but let’s not be fooled, because it did come from our people. #It did come from #Black people, and #Africans, and #Puerto #Ricans and all that too. #Just like blues and jazz. #But now it [belongs to] the world.”

#Born in #Chicago to a #Black father and #Puerto #Rican mother, who raised him by herself from when he was 3, #Quiñones broke into show business as a member of TV’s #Soul #Train #Gang.

Adolfo Quinones
#Popular dancer #Adolfo #Quinones aka #Shabba #Doo boogies down the #Soul #Train #Line circa 1973-1976. (#Soul #Train via #Getty #Images)

#In a 1984 interview with the #Sarasota #Sun-Herald, he recalled moving to #California with his mother when he was 16, and how he would hitchhike from their home in #Anaheim to #Hollywood for 14-hour filming sessions of #Soul #Train in 1971-72 “They couldn’t keep me out of there,” he said. “I’d get there at 7 in the morning and not leave till almost 10 at night.”

#Besides working for #Richie, his choreography credits included #Madonna’s 1987 #Who’s #That #Girl? tour and TV work on MTV’s #Blowin’ #Up. #He made television appearances as a dancer as far back as 1976, on #What’s #Happening!!

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#He noted that he often passed for younger than his age on screen. #In a 2008 interview, when he was 53, the dancer said, “#That’s a number that kind of surprises people because when they think about the #Breakin’ movies, they thought of me as a kid dancing. I was really a full-fledged man of 30 years old playing an 18-year-old. #And I’ve always just looked younger than my age, you know.”

#Adolfo “#Shabba #Doo” #Quiñones in #Breakin’. (#Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer)

#Chambers said that the ebb and flow of his friendship with his costar #Quiñones had been the source of a lot of speculation among #Breakin’ fans over the years. “#Because of this longstanding beef people thought we had, they’ve always taken our situation and stirred the pot,” he said. “#But at the end of the day, he’s my spiritual brother. #It was not a beef, it was a misunderstanding. #He felt that from myself as well as the dance community, he never got the due respect he was entitled to as the first professional street dancer being on TV. #He felt smighted that in literature and media, nobody mentioned his name. #And we both were in dark places and going through problems.”

#But, he says, they bonded over both becoming #Bible students as #Jehovah’s #Witnesses. “#He had actually contacted me out of nowhere,” #Chambers said. “#We hadn’t talked… #He said, ‘#Michael, I’m gonna go to a #Bible convention in #Long #Beach and I’d love to sit with you and talk and move on.’ #So when he came to my house and we talked, I was like, ‘#Wow, he’s different.’ #Jesus forgave sinners, so who am I? I was willing to accept his peace offering and forgive. #Three years ago we came into our spirituality and forgiveness and became better people. #We both put water under the bridge and were talking as men.”

#Chambers added that he hopes some sort of special tribute will be offered to #Quiñones as part of the #Olympics’ introductory breakdancing competition in four years.

A message posted earlier on #Quiñones’ website said he had been in development on “a film based on his memoirs, The #Godfather of #Street #Dance: The #Dance #Forefather of #Hip #Hop, which will detail and his life and reveal the true origin of street-dance.”

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