Dance enthusiasts, especially hip-hop fans in the city, have a reason to rejoice. Richard Colón aka Crazy Legs, a name synonymous with urban street dance in the US, will not only charm city audiences with his mind-blowing moves at performance tomorrow but also conduct a workshop for interested students.
“I’m very excited. This is such a great opportunity to exchange information and meet people here,” says Crazy Legs, who is also credited for pioneering hip-hop dance tours in the ’80s and taking the dance form to Europe as the president of his hip-hop group Rock Steady Crew.
Having witnessed the hip-hop scene evolve from being just a street culture niche to the ghettos to gaining recognition as a genre, he reminisces, “Back in the ’70s, the term hip-hop didn’t even exist. I got introduced to the dance form when my cousin took me to a camp. I was just blown away by what I saw there — dancers, grafitti artistes and other performers,” says the 46-year-old veteran, who also featured in the 1983 hit Flashdance as the disguised body double for lead actor Jennifer Beals, besides playing himself in Wild Style (1982) and Beat Street (1984). He is also the recipient of the 1992 Bessie Award for Choreography and the 1994 Hip-Hop Pioneer Award from The Source magazine.
Hip-hop has been gaining popularity in India in the past few years, with Mumbai boasting of many b-boying groups. Even though the socio-economic conditions that led to the growth of the style in US among Afro-Americanand Latino may not be the same in India, Crazy Legs feels that there is a resonance nevertheless. “Any country that has a situation sees it getting reflected in its folk art. Dance is a great human tool for people to build friendships.”
As part of his tour in collaboration with Zomba, a Sony Music initiative, Crazy Legs will be holding workshops in Delhi as well. “India has great talent and there is no better time than now to have Crazy Legs here. We are thrilled to host a legend here,” says Jayesh Veralkar, head, Day 1, Sony Music.