Lela Rochon Wiki – Lela Rochon Biography
Lela Rochon was the ex-wife of Shabba Doo. She known professionally as Lela Rochon, is an American actress, best known for her starring role as Robin Stokes in the 1995 romantic drama film Waiting to Exhale. She also had notable roles in films Harlem Nights (1989), Boomerang (1992), The Chamber (1996), Gang Related (1997), Knock Off (1998), Why Do Fools Fall in Love (1998), and Any Given Sunday (1999).
In 1984, Rochon appeared as an extra in the movie Breakin’, where she met the man who would later become her husband. From 1986 to 1988, while attending college, Rochon was one of the “Spudettes” featured in over 30 national spots for the Spuds MacKenzie Budweiser/Bud Light TV commercials. She also appeared in the 1985 made-for-television film A Bunny’s Tale starring Kirstie Alley and Delta Burke, based on Gloria Steinem’s experiences as a Playboy Bunny.
He known professionally as Shabba-Doo, was an American actor, dancer, and choreographer of African American and Puerto Rican descent. Quiñones is perhaps best known for his role as Orlando “Ozone” in the 1984 breakdancing film Breakin’ and its sequel, Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo.
As a member of The Original Lockers along with Don “Campbellock” Campbell, Fred “Rerun” Berry and Toni Basil, Quiñones became one of the innovators of the dance style commonly known as locking. His best-known role was as Ozone in the 1984 hit cult film, Breakin’, as well as in its sequel, Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo. Quiñones also appeared in Rave – Dancing to a Different Beat, which he also directed. He made guest appearances on TV shows, including The Super Mario Bros.
Super Show!, Married… with Children, Miami Vice, What’s Happening!!, Saturday Night Live and Lawrence Leung’s Choose Your Own Adventure. Quiñones was writing A Breakin’ Uprising. Besides acting and dancing work in film and television, Quiñones has served as a choreographer to many singers, such as Lionel Richie, Madonna, and Luther Vandross. He was a primary dancer and main choreographer for Madonna’s Who’s That Girl? Tour in 1987.
He served as choreographer for Jamie Kennedy’s MTV sitcom, Blowin’ Up. He choreographed Three Six Mafia’s performance on the 78th Academy Awards; the group won the Oscar for best original song for their song “It’s Hard Out Here for a Pimp”. He was featured in the music video for Chaka Khan’s 1984 song “I Feel for You”.
Lela Rochon Age
Lela Rochon is 56 years old.
Lela Rochon & Shabba Doo
Shabba was married to his wife from 1982 to 1987.
Shabba Doo Cause of Death
Adolfo “Shabba-Doo” Quiñones, the dancer-actor who rose to fame starring in “Breakin'” and its sequel “Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo,” died Wednesday, his longtime collaborator announced. He was 65.
No cause of death has been announced. Just a day before he was discovered unconscious, Quiñones had posted a photo of himself smiling and giving the peace sign in bed, writing, “Good news y’all! I’m feeling all better, just a wee bit sluggish from my cold, but the good news is I’m Covid 19 negative! Woo hoo!”
“It’s a sad day for the dance world,” said Michael “Boogaloo Shrimp” Chambers, who co-starred in both “Breakin’” movies, and believes that the Olympics introducing breakdancing as a competitive sport for 2024 would not have happened without Quiñones having helped popularize the artform more than 35 years ago.
Quiñones was a member of the Lockers crew that helped popularize the locking style of street dance. Co-founder Toni Basil posted that “it is with extreme sadness The Lockers family announces the unexpected passing of our beloved Adolfo Shabba-doo Quinones. In this difficult time we are requesting privacy.”
Sheila E. recalled touring with Richie in her tweet calling Shabba Doo “my brother.”
“Damn, Shabba Doo. RIP,” wrote DJ the Blessed Madonna (not to be confused with Madonna, with whom Quiñones worked). “So sad to see so many of our foundational dancers passing this year.”
“He had his peace with God,” said Chambers. “But I think his heart was broken when a lot of the new generation from the ‘Step It Up’ movie and TikTok were not giving credit to the innovators. I think it was broken because he was trying to get a new generation of dancers to understand the lineage that went back to ‘Soul Train’ in trying to get the freestyle reputation up to the reputation of jazz and tap. He did accomplish his goal, though. When the story broke about breakdancing being accepted into the Olympics in 2024, for him to at least see that was in the media, that warmed my heart, because at 65 he was able to see street dance get that worldwide respect.”
Chambers added that Quiñones’ role in introducing Madonna to certain dance styles has been underrated.
“When he came into her life, Madonna had no idea what the next dance craze was,” said Chambers. “He told me he got hired because was dancing in a club and Madonna saw him doing Waacking and Punking, so she came up with ‘Vogue,’ which was full of abstract lines and that whole theatrical dance thing. For years,” Chambers said, the part Quiñones’ played in that “went under the radar. She was a mega-icon, and I’m proud that he was able to go from the street and breaking to Madonna and launching a new dance style.”
A message posted earlier on Quiñones’ website said he had been in development on “a film based on his memoirs, ‘The Godfather of Street Dance: The Dance Forefather of Hip Hop,’ which will detail and his life and reveal the true origin of street-dance.”