Shabba Doo

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Shabba Doo
Born Adolfo Quiñones
(1955-05-11) May 11, 1955 (age 59)
Chicago, Illinois, US
Spouse(s) Gwendolyn Powell (?-July 1982 divorced)
Lela Rochon(December 1982 – 1987 divorced)
Children 2

Shabba Doo is the stage name of Adolfo Quiñones (born May 11, 1955), an American actor, dancer, choreographer, and director.[1]


Quiñones grew up in Chicago. He is of multi-ethnic background; his father was Puerto Rican, and his mother, who raised him alone from the age of three, was African American.[2]

As a member of The Original Lockers along with Don "Campbellock" Campbell, Fred "Rerun" Berry and Toni Basil, Quiñones became one of the founders of the dance style commonly known as locking.[3]

His most well-known role was as Ozone in the 1984 hit cult film, Breakin', as well as in its sequel, Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo.[4] Quiñones also appeared in the film Rave - Dancing to a Different Beat, which he also directed.

In addition, he has made guest appearances on TV shows, including The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!, Married... with Children, Miami Vice, What's Happening!!, Saturday Night Live and Lawrence Leung's Choose Your Own Adventure.

Besides acting and dancing work in film and television, Quiñones has served as a choreographer to many singers, such as Lionel Richie, Madonna, and Luther Vandross. He was a primary dancer and main choreographer for Madonna's Who's That Girl? Tour in 1987.[1] He served as choreographer for Jamie Kennedy's MTV sitcom, Blowin' Up. He also choreographed Three Six Mafia's performance on the 78th Academy Awards, when they won the Oscar for best original song for their song "It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp".

Quiñones (along with his Breakin' co-star Michael "Boogaloo Shrimp" Chambers and other dancers from the film) is prominently featured in the music video for Chaka Khan's 1984 song "I Feel for You". Adolfo was in Rome in March 2012 for 1 workshop of dance, hip hop old school.

In popular culture[edit]

In the film Grown Ups, Chris Rock tells his wife, as he's preparing to dance with her ‘’I am a regular Shabba Doo’’.

The song "Higher" by Taio Cruz includes the lyrics, I feel like Breakin’ 2 Electric Boogaloo You play Kelly, I’ll be Ozone.

The song "Da Rockwilder" by rappers Method Man & Redman includes the lyrics, Suckers break like Turbo and Ozone.

The song "Life's Midnight" by aussie hip hop crew Bliss n Eso contains several verses about Eso's experience meeting Shabba Doo in California

"Joey Jo-Jo Junior Shabadoo" was a character in The Simpsons season 5 episode "The Last Temptation of Homer"

"Shabado" was a character in the Futurama season 7 episode "Near-Death Wish"

Shabadoo Black and Tan Ale[5] is a blend of ale and porter offered by the Berkshire Brewing Company, a microbrewery in Deerfield, Massachusetts



  1. ^ a b Herguth, Bob (1987) "Shabba-Doo", Chicago Sun-Times, July 31, 1987
  2. ^ Ferrel, David (7 October 1984). "Street-Dancing King Breaks Out of the Ghetto". Sarasota Herald-Tribune. Retrieved 9 July 2012. 
  3. ^ Banes, Sally (1994) Writing Dancing in the Age of Postmodernism, Wesleyan University Press, ISBN 978-0-8195-6268-5
  4. ^ Adams, Michael (2010) "Michael Adams discovers top ten films so bad they're actually worth watching", Herald Sun, January 8, 2010, retrieved 2010-01-22
  5. ^ "Shabadoo Black and Tan Ale". Retrieved June 29, 2012. 

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