Remembering FROSTY FREEZE (Rock Steady Crew)

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Born December 4, 1963 in the Bronx, the heart of what would later be the birthplace of Hip Hop, Frosty Freeze said once, “I’ll be remembered as a Bboy but I will live and die as a human.” He was known by many as “Frosty Freeze The Man to Please,” which would explain his natural personality and his influential style in bboying. The “Suicide Butt Drop” became one of the trademark moves of Frosty not to mention his knee spins and giant personality in his top rocks and floor work. The originality of Frosty Freeze as well as other members from Rock Steady Crew and the rise of the bboying from Hip Hop culture would catch the eyes of filmographers who would produce movies such as Wild Style, Style Wars, and Flashdance in which bboying would play a major part in these movies. These dancers along with Frosty would be highlighted in these feature films for their passion and love for the culture and the lifestyle of being a bboy.

Frosty truly embodied the lifestyle of a bboy and FABEL RSC said it best, “For those of you who had the honor of knowing him, we all know that Frosty had a very celebrative spirit. He was constantly educating people and helped preserve the rich history of urban and Hip Hop culture. He was “the walking Hip Hop encyclopedia” and was one of the few brothers who had almost total recall in terms of history. We ask that you remember him as this great positive light who cared and loved many of us just as we loved and cared for him.”

 

 

From a 1983 New York Times interview with Frost in which he talks about his moves.

“Breakers” perform rather than engage in social dancing. Their routines are a series of spins and athletic maneuvers. Whirling on their hands, backs, shoulders and heads, they progress from one move to the next – the windmill, the float, the hand glide.

All of this is done on the floor and requires great balance, flexibility and an innate knowledge of elementary physics. If a dancer’s hand, his fulcrum, is not in the right position to support his whirling body, he collapses on the hardwood, a tumbling knot of arms and legs.

Often, these acrobatics are augmented by pantomime, which to the uninitiated can make break dancing appear to be a version of musical charades.

Mr. Freeze explained: ”I begin my performance with the walking-atomic-dog routine. My partner comes up and pretends to put a chain on me and walks me forward. From there I go into the car routine. I’m on the floor in a ”W” and he pulls me forward like someone had hold of a bumper. Then I would come up into the snake and finish it off with a Frosty Freeze dance.” ‘Man With the Most Freezes’

Between movements, he pauses, a mannequin with an expression frozen on his face. Hence his nickname. ”I’m the man with the most freezes in the whole city,” he said.

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