I Am Dance

Michael “Boogaloo Shrimp” Chambers aka Turbo Documentary

He taught MJ to moonwalk. The first hip hop artist to go the Whitehouse.

What do popping, locking, waving, ticking, and breaking have in common? Before 1984, not much. But, when a 17-year-old dance phenomenon named Boogaloo Shrimp danced with a broom on a Los Angeles street in a film called Breakin’, the face of dance changed forever. Breakin’, and its sequel, Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo, brought street dance to film, and put Boogaloo Shrimp on the cinematic map. He appeared in Breakin’ All the Rules, Bringing Down the House and Beaches. He was the first hip-hop artist invited to the White House, promoting Nancy Reagan’s anti-drug campaign video, Stop the Madness. He helped create a cutting-edge animated dance video for Paula Abdul. He brought the infectious “Urkelbot” to television on the popular series Family Matters. And — in a relationship that sealed Boogaloo Shrimp’s place in dance history — Michael Jackson studied with Boogaloo Shrimp for 8 years, perfecting his patented floating, four-corner moonwalk and ticking robotics. Jackson later hired Boogaloo Shrimp to perform the movements for The Simpsons’ “Do The Bartman” video.

Boogaloo Shrimp calls his signature style “liquid animation” — and now, his indelible contribution to popular dance culture is coming to a comprehensive slate of new productions: a feature documentary about Boogaloo Shrimp’s career, Boogaloo: Live in Japan — The Lost Tapes, and the long-awaited addition to the Breaking franchise, Breaking 3.

MC Hammer, George Lopez, Boogaloo Shrimp, and Slash