Friday, January 15, 2010



Rock Steady Crew, Tools of War, Universal Zulu Nation, TC5

Senior Vice President of the Rock Steady Crew, Fabel is a renowned Hip Hop dancer, choreographer and historian. A respected activist and spokesman within Hip Hop culture, Fabel is an auspicious talent whose work includes film (Beat Street, From Mambo to Hip Hop and more), stage, aerosol art, DJ'ing and digital arts. He's an originator and inspiring voice within the genre having worked with luminaries such as the Magnificent Force and Electric Boogaloos amongst others.

Jorge "PopMaster Fabel" Pabon was born and raised in Spanish Harlem, NYC where, at an early age, he developed his dance and choreography career at Hip Hop jams and clubs throughout the city. A pioneer of Hip Hop theater, Fabel is co-founder of GhettOriginal Productions, Inc. With GhettOriginal, Fabel co-authored, co-directed, and co-choreographed the first two Hip Hop musicals ever, "So! What Happens Now?" and "Jam on the Groove" (first official Off-Broadway Hip Hop musical). He has also toured internationally as a featured performer with "Jam on the Groove," which was nominated for best choreography at the Drama Desk Awards in 1996. Along with fellow members of the Rhythm Technicians and The Rock Steady Crew, he won the 1991 Bessie Award for choreography. Fabel was the first American Hip Hop dancer to perform in Cuba, in 1986 & 1988, with the dance company, Ballet D'Angelo. Fabel also gained world renown as a featured dancer in the Hip Hop cult classic movie, "Beat Street." Along with senior members of Rock Steady Crew, Fabel was an honoree at VH1's 1st Hip Hop Honors. He was a principle dancer and one of the artistic directors in Rennie Harris's theatrical production, "Legends Of Hip Hop".

In 1999, Fabel served as a consultant, moderator, panelist, and writer for The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum's exhibit and conference: "The Hip Hop Nation: Roots, Rhyme and Rage." When this exhibit traveled to the Brooklyn Museum of Art in September, 2000, Fabel was invited to lecture, exhibit a vintage outfit and serve on the exhibit's Honorary Committee. Vintage Hip Hop outfits, owned by Fabel were on display at the Museum of the City of New York and Experience Music Project in Seattle, WA. Visitors to EMP were guided through the Hip Hop clothing exhibit by Fabel's voice detailing every aspect of the outfits displayed.

He is the first Hip Hop dance instructor to be employed at NYU's Experimental Theater Wing and has taught a Hip Hop Dance workshop at the New School in NYC. As an adjunct professor, he also teaches movement at CAP 21, part of NYU's prestigious Tisch School of the Arts. Fabel gives lectures, demonstrations, master classes, and participates in outreach programs and conferences internationally. In 2001, he addressed delegates at the United Nation's "Hip Hop Conference for Peace." Fabel has taught Popping, Locking and Uprocking in various schools for the Sports and Arts in School's Foundation. He has also been commissioned to teach dance workshops at such NYC institutions as Henry Street Settlement, The Dalton School and Central Park East One, among the many.

He is currently working on three documentaries: "Apache Line: From Gangs To Hip Hop", "Fabel's History of Hip Hop Fashion Vol. 1" and "Puerto Ricans in Hip Hop." Fabel is a historian of and activist within Hip Hop culture. His other forms of expression include "graffiti" art, DJ'ing, rhyming and digital arts. Fabel is a co-founder of Tools Of War, a grass roots Hip Hop company covering publicity, events coordination and promotions, bookings, and consultation.

Fabel's essays are featured in: Joe Conzo's "Born in the Bronx", Martha Cooper's "Hip Hop Files", "The Nasty Terrible T-KID 170" as well as "Total Chaos" edited by Jeff Chang. He offers lectures, demonstrations, master classes, and participates in outreach programs and conferences internationally. He is a historian of and activist within Hip Hop culture. As a witness to the growth of Hip Hop culture since 1976, Fabel believes that true Hip Hop culture is a blessing from the Creator given to uplift and unify youth globally..

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