Shabba Doo

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Shabba Doo
Born Adolfo Gordon Quiñones
(1955-05-11) May 11, 1955 (age 62)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Nationality American
Other names Adolfo "Shabba-Doo" Quiñones
Occupation Actor, dancer, choreographer
Years active 1975-present
Known for Orlando "Ozone" in Breakin'
Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo
Spouse(s) Gwendolyn Powell (m. 1979–82; divorced)
Lela Rochon (m. 1984–87)
Children 2

Shabba Doo (born Adolfo Gordon Quiñones; May 11, 1955) is an actor, dancer, and choreographer of Black and Puerto Rican/American descent. [1] He is best known for his role as Orlando "Ozone" in the 1984 breakdancing film Breakin' and its sequel, Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo.

Early life[edit]

Quiñones was born and raised in Chicago; his father was Puerto Rican, and his mother was Black. His mother raised him as a single parent from the age of three.[2] He has a younger sister, Fawn Quiñones, who was also a dancer, and frequently featured on the musical variety television program Soul Train.[3]


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.[4]

His best-known role was as Ozone in the 1984 hit cult film, Breakin', as well as in its sequel, Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo.[5] Quiñones also appeared in Rave - Dancing to a Different Beat, which he also directed. He 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 choreographed Three Six Mafia's performance on the 78th Academy Awards; the group won the Oscar for best original song for their song "It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp". He was featured in the music video for Chaka Khan's 1984 song "I Feel for You".[citation needed]

TV appearances[edit]

  • Pepe, Miami Vice, "The Maze", Season 1, Episode 17 (aired 22 February 1985).

• Himself, "The Super Mario Bro. Super Show!" , Season 1, Episode 15 (1989)



  1. ^ a b Herguth, Bob (1987) "Shabba-Doo", Chicago Sun-Times, July 31, 1987
  2. ^ Ferrel, David (October 7, 1984). "Street-Dancing King Breaks Out of the Ghetto". Sarasota Herald-Tribune. Retrieved July 9, 2012. 
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  4. ^ Banes, Sally (1994) Writing Dancing in the Age of Postmodernism, Wesleyan University Press; ISBN 978-0-8195-6268-5
  5. ^ 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

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