Best Old School Hip Hop Dancers

When Hip Hop was propelled into the spotlight in the 80s, becoming a phenomenon for mainstream America and eventually the rest of the world, a lot of what gave it impetus was the dancing. The break dancing. The poppin and lockin.

Such dancing had been around awhile, but once people were seeing it in movies like Flashdance, it was over. It reached commercial success with such movies and everyone was breakin or teaching breakin. Including the old school pioneers. They were some of the first to cash in on their art form.

So, here I want to celebrate some of the best of those old school hip hop dancers.

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Boogaloo Shrimp

Boogaloo Shrimp became famous in the break through break dance movie, Breakin. He was part of the break dance duo in the movie which included famous Locker, Shabadoo. Boogaloo Shrimp looked like he had electricity running through his body as he popped and waved. He was equal, in the movie, possible only to Poppin Taco. In fact, in the movie Taco was his rival. The broom scene is now famous and classic.


The Lockers

As stated, Shabadoo was one of the Lockers. And so was Re-run from TV sit-com What’s Happenin. This is old school top-rockin. These guys were hip and ahead of their time. Cool stuff.


NYC Breakers

These are old, old school break dancers, from the South Bronx where it started. Hardcore break dancing, serious poppin and wavin and lockin. These guys were featured in the movie Beat Street, going up against the Rock Steady Crew.


Rock Steady Crew

Again, as stated, these guys are the pioneers of break dancing from the South Bronx; and featured in the break through movie Beat Street. Well, they also had a part in Flashdance, with Jennifer Beals. Classic!


So, those were the pioneers of Hip Hop dance, the break dancers, the poppers and lockers; the ones who were there in the beginning, at the underground parties, battling at the clubs and making a way for Hip Hop culture to find itself into mainstream America and across the globe. Let’s here it for the Old School!

Featured image: Mr. Wiggle from the Rock Steady Crew. Created by Justin Penner for Enter the Inferno [CC-BY-SA-2.5 (], from Wikimedia Commons

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