Thirty years and counting, there’s no stopping Boston’s hip hop, b-boying master, Lino Delgado. At the end of March, The Floorlords will present a play about the history of hip hop at Wellesley College. It’s a great chance to learn about this dance form as well as speak with some of the dancers in the Q & A session.
How did you come to be one of the original members of the Floorlords? I came from another group called the New York Puppeteers and they were called Mass Break team. We started dancing on the street together. My group was breaking up at the time. They wanted me to be a part of their group. I said let’s start something new. They came up with the name and it was history.
What’s the most surprising response to a performance you’ve ever received? Being in Japan and people just trying to buy me everything, sneakers, sweatshirts, giving me their glasses because I said they were nice. Being able to start a global family called Flava Squad. Helping the city put on the Peace Hip Hop Festival. Doing our first performance of Floorlore: The History of Hip Hop.
Over the last 30 years, what excites you as you see the development of hip hop/break dancing? My family, friends, and girlfriend still being a part of the group and traveling working together build a legacy.
What are you currently listening to? J. Cole, Common, Nas, and the classic 90’s hip hop and R & B.
Who was the most exacting performer you ever had the opportunity to work with? Busta Rhymes, Big Daddy Kane, KRS-One, SuperNatural.
Non-dancers would like to know, does it really hurt to spin on one’s head? Not really when you’re in the hype, but if the floor is not a great floor, then yeah.
The unauthorized biography of your life is titled: Loving my passion: dance.
Floorlore- The History Of Hip Hop Theatrical March 30, 2012, a free event at the Jewett Auditorium, Wellesley College , March 30, 2012 at 8:00 p.m.