The dance community is mourning the death of Breakin’ star Adolfo Quiñones, aka Shabba-Doo.
Toni Basil, who co-founded The Lockers group that helped popularize street dance in the 1970s, shared the news of Quiñones’ death on social media on Wednesday. A native of Chicago, Quiñones was an innovator of the dance style that became known as “locking,” and played Ozone in the hit breakdancing films Breakin’ and Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo, which both came out in 1984.
“It is with extreme sadness The Lockers family announces the unexpected passing of our beloved Adolfo Shabba-Doo Quiñones,” Basil wrote. “In this difficult time we are requesting privacy.”
In addition to film and television roles, Quiñones also served as a choreographer to popular artists like Lionel Richie, Madonna, and Luther Vandross, and was a primary dancer and main choreographer for Madonna’s Who’s That Girl? Tour in 1987.
Sheila E and Ice-T also mourned Quiñones’ death on Twitter, with Sheila writing, “I just heard I’ve lost another friend Shabba doo. A great Hiphop dancer. We toured together w/ Lionel Richie 1983. Gosh, Rest In Peace my brother. @officialshabbadoo @Shabba_Doo.”
I just heard I’ve lost another friend Shabba do. A great Hiphop dancer. We toured together w/ Lionel Richie 1983. Gosh, Rest In Peace my brother. @officialshabbadoo @Shabba_Doopic.twitter.com/YntRWT1t55
Ice-T shared a video compilation of Quiñones dancing, tweeting, “I just lost ANOTHER close friend… SHABBA-DO. LA dance legend. You may know from the Breakin Movies.. Has passed away… FF**K 2020 SHABBA-DOO MONTAGE.”
I just lost ANOTHER close friend… SHABBA-DO. LA dance legend. You may know from the Breakin Movies.. Has passed away… FFUCK 2020 SHABBA-DOO MONTAGE https://t.co/x57MVFwV90
See more tributes from Quiñones’ famous friends and fans below:
No!! #AdolfoQuinones aka #ShabbaDoo A dance #Legend lost! A true dance pioneer! I’m so saddened by this news and I’m so very sorry Toni for your loss, the #Lockers, his loved ones and especially his family! Stay safe. ❤️❤️❤️. #SoulTrain#ElectricBoogaloo#HipHop#LEGENDARYhttps://t.co/coNS07aT1R
Rest in Peace! Thank you for inspiring me to lock? #ShabbaDoopic.twitter.com/HygyIk3Vuv
This year is too much. ???? RIP @Shabba_Doo#legendhttps://t.co/MkrXcrfwzZ
– Oh, no! ??? #RIP#ShabbaDoo ??? https://t.co/GjJTORR3if
#RIP#ShabbaDoo !!! #HipHop has lost ANOTHER one! Condolences to his friends and family SMH…. @llcoolj@FINALLEVEL@DJCHUBBYCHUB@DJJS1@DJPaulyD@MrChuckD@305MAYORhttps://t.co/d6UK1R40rs
You couldn’t let us get 2 days, huh, 2020? You’re gonna keep crushing us right to the very end, huh? #RIPShabbadoo Oh the crush I had on him… #Ozone#Breakin#Breakin2ElectricBoogaloohttps://t.co/k4tA7sDZS9
Damn, Shabba Doo. RIP. So sad to see so many of our foundational dancers passing this year. pic.twitter.com/K2ZBT5rYKk
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