UPDATE: Crazy Legs was invited back to CNN, for a longer interview with Suzanne Malveaux on Thursday, August 19. That video can be seen below.
Crazy Legs, the president and iconic B-Boy figure behind the famed Rock Steady Crew, held his ‘final battle’ in New York City recently, marking a retirement of sorts from break dancing, the mix of folk dance, competitive sport and hip hop expressionism born decades ago in the streets of The Bronx.
CNN’s Don Lemon reported on the event, and spoke with Richard “Crazy Legs” Colon about his career, what break dancing means to him and to Americana, and what is next for him and the Rock Steady Crew Movement. “I really want to focus more on my ability to teach,” Crazy Legs tells Lemon, “That’s the beauty of the art. If you’re going to learn art, learn it so that you can pass it on to someone else and it can benefit them.”
The Rock Steady Crew continues to work with youth, but it’s more than dancing. Crazy Legs promises, “If they are not straight A students or striving to be straight A students in school, that means they’ll be kicked out of Rock Steady.”
As for why he’s stepping aside from the dance battle game, the 46 year old told CNN, “I always wanted to feel like I could, not end it, but have my final time in the circle, the way I came into this. I wanted to make sure that the way I came in was the way I was gonna go out.”
As we say in the game, “Salute”.
Check the video below.