Lucinda Dickey

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Lucinda Dickey
Lucinda Marie Henninger

(1960-08-14) August 14, 1960 (age 59)
Other namesLucinda Piligian
EducationKansas State University
Roland Dupree Dance Academy
Years active1982–1990
Spouse(s)Halley Dickey (divorced)
Craig Piligian (m. 1990)

Lucinda Dickey (born Lucinda Marie Henninger; August 14, 1960) is an American former dancer and actress.[1] She is best known for her leading role in the film Breakin' (1984) and its sequel Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo (1984).

Early life[edit]

Dickey was born and raised in Hutchinson, Kansas, where at the age of four, she began dancing in her mother's studio (Judy Mason operated Judy's School of Dance from 1964 to 2006).[2] While attending Kansas State University she majored in dance and competed as Miss Manhattan/Kansas-State[3] in the Miss Kansas pageant, where she won the talent division and finished third runner-up.[4]


In 1980, Dickey moved to Los Angeles and won a dance scholarship with the Roland DuPree Dance Academy.[2] After 10 months, she became one of the lead dancers for the movie Grease 2. In fall 1982 she landed a stint as a dancer on Solid Gold.[5]

Her first leading role was in Ninja III: The Domination, the shooting for which took place in 1983. In May 1984, Dickey appeared in the role of jazz dancer turned breakdancer Kelly in Breakin' and its sequel, Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo (Dec. 1984). Next came the horror flick Cheerleader Camp, in 1987.

Dickey's last onscreen acting role was in the 1990 Perry Mason television movie, Perry Mason: The Case of the Defiant Daughter.[6]

She appeared as a dance judge on TLC's 2008 series Master Of Dance.[7]

Personal life[edit]

She retired from acting in 1990, and lives in California with her husband, Craig Piligian, a co-executive producer of, among his credits, the reality TV game show Survivor.[8] They have two children, Joseph Michael (b. 1986) and Amanda Marie (b. 1989).[9][10]


  1. ^ "Lucinda Dickey Fact Page". Archived from the original on October 21, 2009.
  2. ^ a b Shequeta (August 21, 2008). "Interview with Lucinda Dickey". The Black Hollywood File.
  3. ^ "Henniger Named Beauty Queen", Kansas State Collegian (30 April 1979).
  4. ^ Manhattan Mercury (25 Feb. 1979), 8; and Hutchinson News (3 July 1982), 49 and 118.
  5. ^ Hutchinson News (9 Sept. 1982), 50; and Kim Fritzemeier, Hutchinson News (13 May 1984), 144.
  6. ^ Full cast and crew for Perry Mason: The Case of the Defiant Daughter on IMDb
  7. ^ "Master of Dance". Retrieved 2014-01-11.
  8. ^ Craig Piligian on IMDb
  9. ^ Dancing with Death – Interview with Lucinda Dickey. July 10, 2018.
  10. ^ "Linda Dickey". Married Biography.

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