The Golden Arches will celebrate the star of the 80’s dance classics Breakin’ and Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo with a Lifetime Achievement Award at this month’s McDonald’s B-Boy Royale 3, New York City’s largest annual breakdance tournament.
Regarded as one of the most influential dancers in modern cinema, Michael ‘Boogaloo Shrimp’ Chambers will be recognized for his pioneering contributions during a career that spans four decades.
Born in Los Angeles in 1967, Chambers began doing ‘the robot’ when he was just nine years old and has been dancing ever since. After being introduced to breakdancing, he soon began developing his own signature style; one that combined his love for classic Hollywood musicals, b-boying and ballet.
As a teenager, Chambers was already dancing professionally and appearing in commercials (including one for McDonald’s) and music videos by the likes of Grammy Award® winners Lionel Richie and Chaka Khan.
However, Chambers’ biggest “break” came in 1984 when he starred as ‘Turbo’ in the Breakin’ film series. The movies’ global success led to an opportunity of a lifetime: serving as a personal dance coach to the King of Pop himself, Michael Jackson.
“It’s a real honor to be recognized for doing what I absolutely love,” said Chambers. “When I was a young dancer, one of my goals was to use breaking as a way to unite people from all different cultures and backgrounds. The most rewarding part of my journey so far is seeing this dream becoming a reality.”
McDonald’s B-Boy Royale 3 takes place on August 27 at the NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets are $25 and on sale here. Special guests include breakdance legend Richard ‘Crazy Legs’ Colón, rapper MC Jin and DJ FLEG.
All proceeds from the event will benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities of the New York Tri-State Area, a non-profit organization that supports programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children.