Shabba-Doo Bio

sdk“Hip Hop’s First Matinee Idol” – Dance Magazine

Adolfo “Shabba-Doo” Quiñones is an award-winning Choreographer/Director who has amassed an impressive 45 plus years of experience in the entertainment industry. Shabba-Doo has worked extensively in creative and executive production capacities for highly successful feature films, television shows, major concert tours, and Broadway musical theater productions. In the early 1970’s, Shabba-Doo, danced his way into a lucrative professional career, making his initial mark as an original Soul Train Gang member and a founding member of the legendary, world-renowned street-dance troupe, The Lockers, forefathers of contemporary urban dance (Hip-Hop). After several successful years with the fabled troupe, Shabba-Doo embarked on a standout solo career, starring in and choreographing a string of high-profile internationally televised specials and feature films, including Breakin’ (Cannon/MGM); Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo (Cannon/Tri-Star Pictures); Lambada… Set The Night On Fire (Warner Bros.); Saturday Night Live, The Tonight Show, and The Big Show (NBC).

The success of his trend-setting, box-office smashes impelled the authoritative Dance Magazine to dub Shabba-Doo “Hip-Hop’s first matinee idol” and People Magazine, “The Bob Fosse of the Streets. This distinguished recognition of his visionary dance talents led to collaborative working relationships with a wide-range of superstars such as Madonna, Bette Midler, Michael Jackson, Lionel Ritchie, Bill Cosby and even ole blue eyes himself, Frank Sinatra!

Shabba-Doo’s collaboration with award-winning stage director Ron Link on Stand Up Tragedy, the celebrated musical presented by the Mark Taper Forum, led the Los Angeles Theater Critics Association to bestow on him the prestigious Drama Critics Circle Award. To broaden his artistic scope, he attended the world-renowned American Film Institute as a Directing Fellow. Upon his subsequent graduation, he secured the financing, co-wrote, choreographed, and made his directorial debut with the independent feature film Rave…Dancing to a Different Beat, distributed by New Line Cinema.

Shabba-Doo formed and heads On Q Media Group, a California based corporation that integrates new media technologies and practices with traditional filmmaking methods to efficiently produce visually stimulating entertainment and marketing packages that will enlighten a global audience. In addition to inter-media production activities, On Q Media Group offers specialized theater art workshops and dance related seminars. Shabba-Doo has recently conducted master classes and performed in Poland, in Russia for Hip Hop International-Russia, Rome, Sweden, London, and Wales. He conducted a 7 city Hip Hop dance tour of China in association with Sterling Plus, Inc. Additionally, a Street Dance Instructor Certification Program is offered to qualified dancers. This 12-week master program certifies teachers in Lockin’ and Waackin’. Shabba-Doo conducts an annual Ultimate Lockin’ Camp in Switzerland drawing students from all over Europe. He is Artist in Residence at the prestigious Ramon. C. Cortines School of Visual and Performing Arts in Los Angeles and at The Performing Arts Center in Van Nuys, CA.

The ever-evolving Shabba-Doo has set his sights on new horizons. He has several projects currently in development including a theatrical feature dance film A Breakin’ Uprising, Battle for the Streets, a reality-dance competition television series, and “Planet Dance,” a reality series focused on global dance. Shabba-Doo’s recent choreography projects include the Yari Film Group production “Kickin’ It Old Skool,” starring Jamie Kennedy, now on DVD, and a music video for rising rap stars J McCoy and Tha Gruva. He will be co-producing, the Hip Hop Hall of Fame Show: Legends and Icons and is a member of the Artifacts, Exhibits and Preservation Committee for the Hip Hop Hall of Fame.  Most recently, he received Universal Hip-Hop Museum’s inaugural lifetime achievement award in Los Angeles.  He’s in line to receive several honors later this year.  During the fall of this year, his immensely popular lecture, The King of Crenshaw will be headlining at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington and at the Seattle Central Community College.  In addition, Shabba-Doo will be hosting and providing an in-depth Q&A after the screening of his groundbreaking dance film, Breakin’, for the 33rd annual Olympia Film Festival in Olympia, Washington at the historic Capitol Theater and Breakin’ 2 at the EMP Museum in Seattle, Washington.  Next stop, Europe, where he will co-host Get On The Soul Train at the fabulous, Mona Bismarck American Center in Paris, France, and conducting a series of his world-renown street-dance workshops at Studio Massaro.  Shabba-Doo is currently developing a film based on his memoirs, THE KING OF CRENSHAW: Feel! Laugh! Cry! Shout! Dance!, which will reveal the true origin of street-dance and provide an overview of the history of hip-hop through the lens of his time-honored, reputable dance career.


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