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Dancer and Actor Shabba Doo has died at 65.

Dancer and choreographer Shabba Doo has passed away. Among the movies he was in, he choreographed Madonna's Who's That Girl World Tour. Variety article has more, including statements from Tony Basil and Sheila E. Here's a snip of it:

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!”

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.



From a post on his Instagram account yesterday:

Good news y’all!
I’m feeling all better I’m just a wee bit sluggish from my cold, but the good news is I’m Covid 19 negative! Woo hoo!!!
I awoke this morning to a gift from my pal, George “DJ 360MIX” Jett! Thanks man!
Anyway, I’m excited lots of catching up to do. Let’s gooo!
Thank you to everyone for your kind, sweet, and loving get well wishes and thoughts.
... Have a great day peeps.

[Edited 12/30/20 18:12pm]

"eye don’t really care so much what people say about me because it is a reflection of who they r."
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Reply #1 posted 12/30/20 4:06pm

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He was a member of Toni Basil's dance crew The Lockers. They appeared a few times on Soul Train in the 1970s. Fred Berry (Rerun from What's Happening!!!) was also in The Lockers

You can take a black guy to Nashville from right out of the cotton fields with bib overalls, and they will call him R&B. You can take a white guy in a pin-stripe suit who’s never seen a cotton field, and they will call him country. ~ O. B. McClinton
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Reply #2 posted 12/30/20 4:25pm

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MickyDolenz said:

He was a member of Toni Basil's dance crew The Lockers. They appeared a few times on Soul Train in the 1970s. Fred Berry (Rerun from What's Happening!!!) was also in The Lockers


That Toni Basil connection seems familiar to me. I didn't know too much about his early career before movies and the Madonna tour. I guess somewhere along the way I heard about the Basil connection. (Sidenote: Basil choreo'd David Bowie's Glass Spider Tour, which I saw in the same stadium as I saw the Who's That Girl World Tour, weeks apart.)

"eye don’t really care so much what people say about me because it is a reflection of who they r."
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Reply #3 posted 12/30/20 5:23pm

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RIP.

"It's not nice to fuck with K.B.! All you haters will see!" - Kitbradley
"The only true wisdom is knowing you know nothing." - Socrates
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Reply #4 posted 12/30/20 6:09pm

looby

I remember him from the Breakin movies, that my kids loved while growing up. They used to wear those movies out, watching them repeatedly. Sad news.

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Reply #5 posted 12/30/20 6:46pm

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It's not a stretch to say that Shabba Doo was one of the "inventors" of break dancing. It's also comforting to know that know that he lived to see break dancing become a medal event at the 2024 Olympics.

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"Remember Rapping Duke, da-haa da-haa, you never thought that hip hop would take it this far." REST IN POWER

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Reply #6 posted 12/30/20 9:49pm

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Oh no, may he Rest In Peace!
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Reply #7 posted 12/31/20 11:54am

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looby said:

I remember him from the Breakin movies, that my kids loved while growing up. They used to wear those movies out, watching them repeatedly. Sad news.



I recall going to see tbis movie. Actually saw it twice in the same day.

Extra shocking because he seemed to be in good spirits.
I recall he posted about his Mother being positive around a month or two ago I think. Later reporting she had gotten better and was doing well. To have him suddenly gone has got to be devastating for her.

Saw an interview with him last yr I think or earlier this year. He seemed like a real mellow no drama dude.

R.I.P. Shabba
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Reply #8 posted 01/11/21 8:28am

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https://sheamagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/shabbadoomj.jpg

https://www.picsofcelebrities.com/celebrity/shabba-doo/pictures/large/shabba-doo-2015.jpg

You can take a black guy to Nashville from right out of the cotton fields with bib overalls, and they will call him R&B. You can take a white guy in a pin-stripe suit who’s never seen a cotton field, and they will call him country. ~ O. B. McClinton
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Reply #9 posted 01/15/21 4:12pm

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RIP legend worship I loved Breakin (1984) and Breakin 2: Electric Boogaloo (1985)



Keep Calm & Listen To Prince
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