Shabba Doo

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Shabba Doo
Adolfo Gutierrez Quiñones[1]
or Adolfo Gordon Quiñones[2] (sources differ)

(1955-05-11) May 11, 1955 (age 64)[1]
Other namesAdolfo "Shabba-Doo" Quiñones
  • Actor
  • dancer
  • choreographer[2]
Years active1975–present
Known forOrlando "Ozone" – Breakin', Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo
Gwendolyn Powell
(m. 1979; div. 1982)

Lela Rochon
(m. 1984; div. 1987)

Adolfo Gutierrez Quiñones[1] or Adolfo Gordon Quiñones[2] (sources differ) (born May 11, 1955)[1], known professionally as Shabba-Doo, is an American actor, dancer, and choreographer of Ethiopian and Puerto Rican descent. [3] Quiñones is perhaps 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, Illinois; his father was Puerto Rican, and his mother was African American. His mother raised him as a single parent from the age of three.[4] He has a younger sister, Fawn Quiñones, who was also a dancer, and frequently featured on the musical variety television program Soul Train.[5]


As a member of The Original Lockers along with Don "Campbellock" Campbell, Fred "Rerun" Berry and Toni Basil, Quiñones became one of the innovators of the dance style commonly known as locking.[6] His best-known role was as Ozone in the 1984 hit cult film, Breakin', as well as in its sequel, Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo.[7] 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. Quiñones is writing A Breakin’ Uprising.[8] 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.[3] 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]



  1. ^ a b c d "Proceedings". Google Books. Chicago Board Of Education. 1970. Retrieved January 26, 2018.
  2. ^ a b c "The International Association of Black In Dance". Retrieved January 26, 2018.
  3. ^ a b Herguth, Bob (1987) "Shabba-Doo", Chicago Sun-Times, July 31, 1987
  4. ^ Ferrel, David (October 7, 1984). "Street-Dancing King Breaks Out of the Ghetto". Sarasota Herald-Tribune. Retrieved July 9, 2012.
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  6. ^ Banes, Sally (1994) Writing Dancing in the Age of Postmodernism, Wesleyan University Press; ISBN 978-0-8195-6268-5
  7. ^ 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
  8. ^ Quinones, Adolfo. "A Breakin' Uprising". Retrieved 18 December 2017.

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