Suga Pop is a street-dance practitioner and choreographer based in the United States. In this Te Papa event, he will be giving a talk and presentation.
Suga Pop is recognised as a key contributor to the international street dancing scene, regularly teaching and delivering workshops around the world on the dance forms of locking and popping. (These are collectively grouped under the umbrella term ‘funk styles’.) He played a key role in teaching these West Coast forms to dancers in New York in the early 1980s. And, after returning from the East Coast, he taught the New York street-dance form b boying (break-dancing) in Los Angeles.
Affiliated with the performance groups Electric Boogaloos and Rock Steady Crew, Suga Pop has also worked with Michael Jackson, James Brown, Lionel Richie, Janet Jackson, and Sheila E. He has appeared in such seminal pop musical videos as Michael Jackson's ‘Beat It’ and ‘Thriller’ and Janet Jackson's ‘That's The Way Love Goes’.
After touring as a dancer with Lionel Richie, and then with Sheila E in support of Prince's Purple Rain Tour of 1984–85, Suga Pop ventured into music collaboration and production. He has subsequently played live with such acts as A Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul, Amp Fiddler, Cypress Hill, Brand Nubian, LL Cool J, Third Bass, and the Boo-Yaa T.R.I.B.E.
Suga Pop has recorded and released his own material under the band name Pop's Cool Love, and mostly recently, under the name Pop.