Adolfo Quiñones, an Early Star of Street Dance, Dies at 65

Adolfo Quiñones, an Early Star of Street Dance, Dies at 65

Adolfo “Shabba-Doo” Quiñones, who grew up dancing in a bleak public housing project in Chicago and went on to become a pioneer of street dance in the 1980s and one of its first celebrities after appearing in the hit movie, “Breakin’,” died on Dec. 29 at his home in Los Angeles. He was 65.

His manager, Robert Bryant, confirmed the death but said the cause had not yet been determined.

In 1984, street dancing was an urban art form little known to many Americans, but the release of “Breakin’,” starring Mr. Quiñones as a Los Angeles break dancer named Ozone, helped change that.

Ozone, who wears red Chuck Taylor sneakers and a brim hat, spends his days busting flashy moves in Venice Beach with his partner, Turbo (Michael Chambers). A classically trained dancer named Kelly (Lucinda Dickey), captivated by their style, joins their troupe. Her stern (and handsy) teacher disapproves of street dancing, so she flees his school. The three enter a prestigious dance contest, and against the odds they (of course) win.

The movie, produced for less than $2 million (the equivalent of about $5 million today), was a surprise hit, raking in over $35 million at the box office in 16 weeks. A sequel, “Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo,” was released a few months later. Mr. Quiñones quickly became a star of street dancing.

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