Shabba-Doo Biography

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

Adolfo “Shabba-Doo” Quiñones is an award-winning Choreographer/Director who has amassed an impressive 46 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 on TV’s Soul Train 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, Dick Van Dyke, Jerry Lewis and 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.

Industry Professional

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’. He is Artist in Residence 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 is in line to receive several honors later this year.  Last fall, his immensely popular lecture, The King of Crenshaw headlined at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington and at the Seattle Central Community College. In addition, Shabba-Doo hosted and provided 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, was Europe, where he co-hosted “Get On The Soul Train” at the fabulous, Mona Bismarck American Center in Paris, France, and conducted a series of his world-renown street-dance workshops at Studio Massaro.

Shabba-Doo is currently preparing a European lecture/workshop tour, including a slew of Comi-con appearances.  He is also developing a television series based on his highly anticipated memoirs, THE KING OF CRENSHAW: Rise of Shabba-Doo the Dance Forefather of Hip Hop, 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. The book published by Indigo River Publishing is tentatively scheduled for release in the fall of 2018 and will be a gritty no-holds-barred account of how Shabba-Doo rose from poverty in the projects of Chicago to become an international dance superstar.

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