Bruno Falcon, a well-known dancer who most notably collaborated with Michael Jackson, died on July 2 at the age of 58. According to his sister Diana Volgamott, he died of natural causes.
The announcement was made on his official Facebook page in a post titled:
“It is with sadness and emotion that I inform you that Bruno passed away yesterday.” Bruno was a wonderful, kind and generous man. He always had that radiant smile that warmed our hearts. A unique and incredible talent. Along with Michael Jackson, he will be remembered as the greatest dancer of all time. We all think of Bruno’s family and send our love to them. “The king is Bruno ‘Pop N’ Taco’ Falcon.”
Everything there is to know about Bruno Falcon
Bruno Falcon, also known as “Pop N Taco,” was born on June 10, 1964, in Long Beach, California, and attended Poly High School. In the 1980s, the East LA native rose to fame as a dancer, choreographer, and actor. Throughout his career he worked with a number of artists and choreographers.
Falcon is most recognized for his work with Michael Jackson, including his participation in the Smooth Criminal music video. He may be featured in the video doing the “anti-gravity lean,” which he taught the pop star. During the singer’s Dangerous tour, the dancer also served as a creative advisor.
Falcon has collaborated with a wide variety of artists throughout his career, including Lionel Richie (on All Night Long), Chaka Khan (on I Feel For You), and members of the Jackson family. He invented his own locking method and appeared as Electro Rock 1 in the cult classic Breakin’.
Other films featuring Falcon include Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey, Electric Boogaloo, and Captain EO. He also choreographed the 1994 animated film Thumbelina. During the 1980s, Falcon was one of the few Mexican hip-hop dancers. In an interview, he noted that many people might now be able to accept that a person of Mexican descent could pop (as reported by All Hiphop):
“Nobody believed there could be a Mexican who could pop.” They challenged me to the whole school, a party or a high school dance. They would appear out of nowhere, right in front of you.”
Twitter users pay tribute
Fans took to Twitter shortly after Bruno Falcon’s death was reported to express their grief and pay their respects to the amazing dancer and choreographer. Here are some of the most touching tributes:
I’ve said this here many times before. Breakin’ was an important part of my introduction to the culture as a child. I know the dialogue literally from it. I used to copy all the movements. And this man was my favorite. RIP to the legend Bruno “Pop n Taco” Falcon. https://t.co/3VCdDTcmxQ pic.twitter.com/Ey2658n8Wi
— Dee Phunk (@DeePhunk) July 3, 2022
Many hip-hop giants, including B-Boy Crazy Legs, D-Styles of The Beat Junkies and Rhettmatic, have paid tribute to Bruno Falcon on social media.