R.I.P. Adolfo “Shabba Doo” Quiñones

Adolfo “Shabba Doo” Quiñones has died at age 65. The legendary dancer passed December 30th at his home just one day after sharing his negative COVID-19 test with fans. Quiñones was a member of The Lockers dance group that was formed by Toni Basil and Don “Campbellock” Campbell in 1971. Campbell is the creator of the locking dance style that the group pioneered. They brought street dance to the mainstream and appeared on Soul Train, Saturday Night Live and a host of other shows before their style became commonplace years later. Quiñones is mostly known for his role as the character Ozone in the 1984 films Breakin’ and Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo. His skills as a choreographer were utilized by Madonna, Frank Sinatra, Chaka Khan and Lionel Richie. He was also responsible for choreographing the Three Six Mafia’s 2006 Oscars performance. His infinite influence on hip-hop dance and bringing locking to all of America was a watershed moment that defied critics who called it a fad. In his later years, he would open a martial arts studio, teach dance to kids and direct videos.