A pre-fame Jean-Claude Van Damme
makes an uncredited cameo as a dancing spectator in the first dance sequence. He's in a black leotard!
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plays the dj at the Radiotron. Breakin kicked his career with the song "reckless" before he became known for gangsta rap.
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, who played "Kelly" or "Special K" actually was an accomplished gymnast as well as professional dancer. She also played the aerobic dancer who winds up in the posession of a killer's soul in "Ninja III: The Domination" which, like "Breakin" was another 1984 release from producers Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus.
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Director Silberg later wound up suprisingly not
directing the follow-up "Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo
", but instead, like Lucinda Dickey working on another slice and dice cheapo flick "American Ninja," released by Cannon and produced by Golan and Globus.
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A 'how to breakdance' video came out about the same time as the movie, called "Breakdance -You Can Do It!" It has clips from the Breakin' movie and is hosted by 'North American breakdance legend' Odis Medley. It has some amazing 80's costumes in it that are truely to die for!
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"Turbo" and "Ozone" both appeared in Lionel Richie's pop video "All Night Long". Turbo and Ozone can be seen Breakin in the music video: "I feel for you" by Chakka Khan who also sung "Ain't Nobody" from this film.
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"James", Kelly's agent, also played Shooter McGavin in "Happy Gilmore". He is also seen in "Grease 2"
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Shabba-Doo was a member of the L.A. Lockers dance group in the 70's. The group specialized in the dance form known as "Lockin'." Another well-known member was Fred Berry: "Rerun" of the 70's sitcom What's Happening!
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- AKA Turbo- is credited as having taught Michael Jackson the dance move now known as "The Moonwalk." This move was originally known in the 70's as "The Glide."
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Michael Chambers was the executive Producer for the Movie "Kids"
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Michael "Boogaloo Shrimp" Chambers who plays Turbo, also plays Urkelbot in the old episodes of Family Matters. Also, he can be seen dancing in Sugar Ray's video "Fly"
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Ozone can be seen as a key dancer in Madonna's 1987 World Tour videos. He also helped choreograph the show. He also appears in Madonna's "Who's That Girl" video. Ozone also played a break dancer in the movie "Xanadu
". He's in the very middle. Hard to miss him!!
The 2 guys who battled against Ozone and Turbo..The Latino one,"Pop n' Taco", danced in Michael Jackson's Captain EO video that was played at Disneyland in 3d.
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According to the IMDB, Breakin' was released in the US on the same day (May 4th, 1984) as "Sixteen Candles" and "The Bounty". And Breakin' beat out Sixteen Candles that weekend.
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Well, if you're as old as I am or maybe even older you'll probably remember seeing James (Christopher McDonald) in an Elton John video for the song "I'm Still Standing". He's one of the dancers, but you have to really be looking for him to see him...
It is said that D.J. Afrika Islam, who was in movie during the breakdance showdown scenes, does not like to be photographed & has little or no pictures available on the net or in the media. He spends most of his time in London these days, but diehard D.J. fans seek photos. Afrika Islam has also gone on to work with alot of huge artists and considers himself the "Son of Afrika Bambaataa".
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and Shabba-Doo (Ozone) were married for three years. Lela has an uncredited small cameo in the first scene. While preparing for a local talent show, the dynamic young woman won the heart of an up-and-coming choreographer whose stage name was Shabba Doo. In 1984, the year she graduated from high school, Rochon Fuqua tied the knot with Shabba Doo. Shabba Doo began casting his bride in his movies and music videos, including Lionel Richie's "All Night Long" and a few by Luther Vandross.
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Lucinda Dickey was also in "Grease 2
". She can be spotted in the 'Reproduction' scene, seated next to 'the twins' in the yellow sweaters.
If you watch after the end credits, it looks like there is a breakdancer that gets tangled up while trying to do a move, and another breakdancer carries him off camera. In fact he was doing a move called 'the spider' and part of the routine was for his buddy to pick him up.
Ben Lokey (Franco) also danced in "Staying Alive
" with John Trovolita as a dancer during the auditions, Lets Get Physical with Olivia Newton John and many others.
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Ben Lokey, who played "Franco" in "Breakin'" is also in Michael Jackson's "Thriller" video. If you watch "The Making of Thriller", you will see him in the scene where Michael and assorted dancers are rehearsing the main dance scene. John Landis is squatting down to watch the dancer's feet, and the main choreographer has just explained that now they need to work on character. The camera cuts away to show the rehearsal, and to the left and 2 or 3 dancers back, there he is (Franco) ...easily identifiable by the bandana around his head (as Franco, he often wore the same kind of head-dress).
Whatever happened to Tim Solomon? I noticed they had another guy finish the opening beach scene. It's not the same guy in the pink floyd hat. And I noticed he wasn't in part 2 either.
Update: Ryan Sinclair kindly wrote in to explain that, in the filming of the beach scene, Timothy "Popin Pete" Solomon didn't turn up to the filming. They had to replace him with another actor, wearing the same Pink Floyd hat.
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In the scene where Ozone tells Turbo to sweep up outside, if you look on the shelf behind Ozone, there are boxes of "Special K".
Michael "Boogaloo Shrimp" Chambers also appeared in the Gap Band's video for their 80's hit, "Party Train" (I believe this was made in '83). The video was filmed at the exact same location (and probably the same time) as "Breakin'".
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Adolfo 'Shabba-Doo' Quinones had a speaking part as 'Pepe' in an episode of Miami Vice in 1985.
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Adolfo Quinones "Ozone" appeared in "Married with Children" Season 4, Episode 15: Rock and Roll Girl, as a music video producer.
Michael Chambers aka Turbo was also an announcer on the kids game "Fun House" in the early 90s.
I am sure a lot of the dancers from Breakdance appear in Michael Jackson's BAD video.
Cooley Jackson, who is in both Breakin 1 and 2, is the person that taught Michael Jackson how to moonwalk. He was a Solid Gold Dancer also.
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Michael Chambers (Turbo) played Good Robot Bill in "Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey"
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"James," Kelly's agent in Breakin, played 'Goose' in "Grease 2
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Shabba-Doo was a Break dancer in the Micheal Jackson videos Thriller, and Ghost, I am sure many others. But those two really stuck with me. And Shrimp was the animated cat in the Paula Abdul Video, Opposites attract.
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The man standing next to Van Damme is Michel Qissi who was Tong Po in "Kickboxer" and had his knee shattered by Bolo Yeung in "Bloodsport", which was also a Cannon Film.
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Lucinda Dickey (Special K) was also one of the backup dancers in "Grease 2
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Rememeber the McDonalds commercial in 1984 where pedestrians are crossing a street and a kid moonwalks pass them? That kid was Turbo! You can see the commercial on youtube.com
if you're interested.
Bruno "Pop N' Taco" Falcon who was the hispanic member of Electro Rock (the group who battled Ozone & Turbo) also appeared in the Klymaxx video "Meeting in the Ladies Room".
The second member of Electro Rock (the black guy) Timothy 'Popin Pete' Solomon is still dancing to this day as an active member of the Electric Boogaloos and teaching workshops all over the world.
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The Electro Rock duo (Bruno Pop N' Taco' Falcon & Timothy 'Poppin' Pete' Solomon) were also breakdancers in Disney's space adventure musical Captain EO, starring Michael Jackson.
What follows are trivia items we now believe
are bogus. Some of them will have explanations, some will not. We just leave 'em
in for interest, really.
Myth: The DJ was not Ice-T, but Snoop Doggy Dog.
Fact: Of course it was Ice-T!
Adolfo Quinones (Ozone) was the drummer in Bobby Browns 'my perogative' video.
He wasn't -- someone asked him personally!