Mr. Wiggles performing in 2005

Steffan "Mr. Wiggles" Clemente is a street dancer, noted for his popping skills. He is a member of the Rock Steady Crew, The Electric Boogaloos, Tribal Click, Zulu Nation, and TC5, also known as The Cool Five or The Crazy Five. Wiggles has been active as a dancer, actor, choreographer, dance instructor, music producer and graffiti artist.

BiographyEdit

Steffan "Mr. Wiggles" Clemente, born 1965 in Bronx N.Y., is a South Bronx Puerto Rican raised on hip hop since the early 70's. He learned all his hip hop crafts in the harsh streets of the Bronx. His dancing career started by battling all around the rough streets of New York City. He built his battling reputation until he was able to battle around the world. This includes Europe, South America, Asia, the Middle East, Canada, and on the great stages of Broadway. Mr. Wiggles has also been credited for 2 important movies which helped establish hip hop today. These movies are "Beat Street" and "Wild Style". [1]

During his time in the graffiti crew, TC5, Clemente was known as "Rek" by other members of the group. Clemente originally got his stage name of Mr. Wiggles from a leader in the TC5 crew, who went by both "Seen" and "Mr. Wiggles." While cutting class, Clemente had shown Seen a certain dance move which inspired him to give Clemente his side-alias, Mr. Wiggles.[2]

Aside from dancing, Mr. Wiggles also worked in theater, film, and music with popular artists such as Graciele Danielle, Bill Irwin, and Anne Marie D'Angelo.. He has been a featured artist in the Apollo Theater and performed at Kennedy Center. He has appeared in music videos with artists such as Missy Elliot[3], Usher[4], Madonna, and Limp Bizkit[5], among others.[6]

Steffan Clemente is married to Zoraya Clemente and has 6 children named Unico, Alexandra, Talib, Ammar, Atiya, and Zamaria.[7]

Wiggles performs as a solo artist and with the Electric Boogaloos and Rock Steady Crew. He is also committed to participating in outreach programs teaching youth about the positive aspects of hip hop culture.[8]

AwardsEdit

Wiggles received a 1993 Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grants to Artists Award.[9] Wiggles was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for the Ghettoriginal production of Jam on the Groove. He won a Bessie Award for Best Choreography for the theatrical production of So What Happens Now, a play dedicated to Buck4, a deceased Rock Steady Crew member.

Wiggles along with the members of Rock Steady Crew was acclaimed at the first VH-1 Hip Hop Honors in 2004.[10]

In popular cultureEdit

Mr. Wiggles' instructional VHS tape Mr. Wiggles Sessions: Vol.# One [sic]: King Tut Style was featured in an episode of Red Letter Media's Best of the Worst entitled Wheel of the Worst #17. The episode ends with Rich Evans parodying Clemente as "Mr. Jiggles" who demonstrates "King Gut Style."[11]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "about mr wiggles". wigzee.biz. Retrieved 2019-06-04.
  2. ^ Millennial West (2017-09-02), MR WIGGLES 2017 Q&A, retrieved 2019-06-04
  3. ^ MissNeNe1000 (2009-07-24), Missy Elliott - Work It, retrieved 2019-06-03
  4. ^ UsherVEVO (2009-10-25), Usher - My Way, retrieved 2019-06-03
  5. ^ LimpBizkitVEVO (2009-10-05), Limp Bizkit - Rollin' (Air Raid Vehicle), retrieved 2019-06-03
  6. ^ "Steffan "Mr. Wiggles" Clemente :: Foundation for Contemporary Arts". www.foundationforcontemporaryarts.org. Retrieved 2019-06-04.
  7. ^ Ruby Roth (20 June 2011). "We Be Vegan: Mr. Wiggles" – via YouTube.
  8. ^ "Mr Wiggles Interview - Rock Steady Breakdancer LatinRapper.com". www.latinrapper.com.
  9. ^ http://www.foundationforcontemporaryarts.org/grant_recipients/wigglesclemente.html
  10. ^ "Hip Hop Honors 2004 - Hip Hop Honors". VH1. Retrieved 2019-06-04.
  11. ^ Stoklasa, Mike; Evans, Rich (9 July 2018). "Wheel of the Worst #17". Best of the Worst. Red Letter Media.

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