Richard Colón (born January 1, 1966) better known by his stage name “Crazy Legs” is a b-boy from the Bronx, New York City, USA. He featured in the earliest stories on hip hop dancing to appear in mainstream press, and as president of the Rock Steady Crew brought the form to London and Paris in 1983. Today he is also involved in community outreach, dance instruction and dance theater productions. His pioneering status is reflected in his appearances in fiction films and documentaries, old and new. Crazy Legs is the most popular & commercially successful of the few original members remaining of the Rock Steady Crew, and is its current president.
- Grew up in the Inwood section of Manhattan, New York City, where he was introduced to “breaking” by his older brother when he was nine.
- He was an original member of the Rock Steady Crew after its foundation in 1979.
- He is also known for the “continuous back” move or “windmill”, in which the dancer spins on his upper back with the assistance of his elbow like a turtle move, but spins once then again and so on each time repeating a spin 3 to 4 times calling it continuous back spins.
- His first film appearance was as himself in Charlie Ahearn’s independent release Wild Style (1982), followed by his featuring in the early documentary on hip hop culture Style Wars (PBS, 1983).
- At age 16 Crazy Legs, now President of the Rock Steady Crew, took hip hop dance to Paris and London as part of the New York City Rap Tour, with recording artists Afrika Bambaataa and Grandmixer D.ST, graffiti artists Fab 5 Freddie and Futura 2000, and the World Champion Fantastic Four Double Dutch Girls.
- He was a street dancer (and also a heavily disguised body double for Jennifer Beals’ final dance scenes) in the movie Flashdance (Paramount, 1983) and, as with Wild Style, played himself in the fiction film Beat Street (Orion, 1984).
- In 1991 he danced in So! What Happens Now?, probably the first hip-hop production on a mainstream dance stage in New York City.
- Documentaries continue to feature Crazy Legs: a look at contemporary hip hop called The Voice of a Nation (Goldcrest, 1993), Here Come the Drums (8mm, 1993), Freestyle: The Art of Rhyme (Bowery, 2000) and The Freshest Kids (QD3, 2003).
- He is also a character in the video game Def Jam Fight For NY (EA, 2004).
- In 2006 he was invited by the Smithsonian Institution to contribute to a collection for the National Museum of American History.
- In 2001 Crazy Legs retired from competitive dancing due to chronic neck injuries.