Tyrone the Bone Proctor a Soul Train Legend, a pioneer in Urban Hip-Hop Dance Culture and in Urban Choreography. Tyrone started dancing at an early age, while watching his older cousins in his aunt’s basement in West Oak Lane in Philadelphia. He was a member of Club Pi Sigma Phi and Original Club Donte, that’s where the best dancers of Philly could be found. Tyrone was voted best dancer in high school and as soon as he graduated he packed up his bags, kissed his momma good-bye and moved to California because stardom was his destiny and Soul Train was the vehicle.
Tyrone was handpicked by Don Cornelius himself to star on Soul Train, as a matter of fact while he was on a Soul Train tour Don gave him the nick name “The Bone”. The tour was so successful that it was held over at The legendary Apollo Theater in NYC for 7 whole days. Promoting the tour gained Tyrone ”the bone “access to Right on Magazine, where he became a teenage Idol. He entered a contest on American Band Stand and out danced everyone in there, landing him and his partner Sharon Hill in the front seats of brand new Mazda cars.
Tyrone’s Dance form of choice is a style called “Waacking“ and he has perfected the dance. To see him dance in person is a breathtaking experience. It’s more like poetry in motion. He has choreographed some top-notch artist such as Keith Sweat, Levert, Taylor Dane , Johnny Kemp’s “Just Got Paid“, and New Kids on the Block in which he was nominated for best choreographer at the 1989 MTV Awards. What I remember most of all is his Waacking in the Grammy Award Winner Platinum Artist and friend Jody Watley’s” Still a Thrill” music video. The video was shot in Paris, it was the first Music Video to expose Waacking to the mainstream. With Ty’s dance skills and Jody’s singing over a kick asz beat it was sure to be a success.
Tyrone continues to teach Waacking in workshops all over the world, he is true indeed a Legendary Dancer, Choreographer, Motivated Teacher and a Progenitor to the Urban Dance Genre. CHECK OUT WHERE IT ALL STARTED, before a Janet and Madonna there was JODY WATLEY, look how fashion repeats itself.
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