Bruno Falcon, the trailblazing hip-hop dancer and choreographer acknowledged as “Pop N Taco,” died Saturday at his Prolonged Beach, California, home. He was 58.
The pop-and-lock legend of the early ’80s cult movie “Breakin’ ” passed away of organic causes, his sister Diana Wolgamott verified to neighborhood news outlets. No formal bring about of death has been verified, but she reported she believes he could possibly have died of a coronary heart assault.
The East LA native was a mainstay in the avenue dance scene during the ’80s and ’90s.
“People could not believe that there was a Mexican who could pop,” Falcon when informed Soc!ety Dance Academy journal. “They would challenge me in front of the college or a social gathering or a high school dance. They’d appear out, right at you, correct in entrance of your confront.”
He got his significant mainstream break as Electro Rock 1 in the 1984 breakdancing hit “Breakin,’ ” starring together with rapper and long run “Law & Order: Unique Victims Unit” star Ice-T and dancer Adolfo “Shabba Doo” Quinones, who preceded Falcon in death at 65 in 2020.
“Yep, just received a text,” Ice-T, 64, tweeted when lovers asked him if he experienced listened to the news of Falcon’s dying. “He was way to [sic] young. Smh.”
Falcon also collaborated with Michael Jackson and danced in the King of Pop’s basic “Smooth Criminal” music movie, for which he reportedly choreographed the now-signature “anti-gravity lean” move.
In addition to dancing for Janet Jackson, Lionel Richie and Chaka Khan, Falcon also appeared in a pair of Jackson’s limited movie assignments: “Captain EO,” directed by “Godfather” Oscar winner Francis Ford Coppola in 1986, adopted by 1988’s “Moonwalker.”
Immediately after co-starring in the lackluster sequel “Breakin’ 2: Electric powered Boogaloo,” Falcon appeared in 1991’s “Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey,” reverse Keanu Reeves, and he choreographed live-action sequences for Don Bluth’s “Thumbelina” in 1994.
Veteran actress-singer-choreographer Toni Basil — who starred together with Jack Nicholson in 1969’s “Easy Rider,” choreographed 1979’s “The Rose” and belted out the iconic ’80s dance observe “Mickey” — also shared her condolences through social media.
“Rest In Peace My extended time dear lovely mate and collaborator about lots of many years — the famous floor breaking fantastic dancer Pop-n-Taco Bruno Falcon. June 10, 1964-July 2, 2022,” Basil, 78, tweeted along with a traditional clip launched by the Smothers Brothers, Thomas and Richard.