Steelo Week: Day 1: Biography of Richard “Steelo” Vazquez

On the Groovaloo’s site Steelo shares his biography quickly, “My name is Richard Vazquez aka Steelo. I was born and raised in Bronx, New York. I moved to Puerto Rico at the age of 11/12 and began to learn how to bboy by Poeone. I continued to dance and compete winning competitions and talent shows, etc. At the age of 18 I got a modeling agent in Puerto Rico and started auditioning and touring with local Puerto Rican reageaton artist. At the age of 20 I moved to Los Angeles where I continued to pursuing bboying. I also got a dance and print agent and worked jobs such as GQ Magazine, Madonna, Oprah, Justin Timberlake, Usher, Janet Jackson, and Rihanna to name a few. I toured with Gwen Stefani, worked on movies such as Malibu’s Most Wanted, and Coach Carter.”

According to the Steelo444.com  website, “Steelo Vazquez has been a major part of the L.A. dance community for many years. He is a member of Killafornia, Footwork Fanatix, and The Groovaloos and was a lead character on The LXD web series. He regularly gives back to the community through dance at benefits and fundraisers and has enjoyed mentoring youth at weekly Groove Nights hosted by The Groovaloos. In addition to his contributions to the community, he has worked with some of the biggest names in entertainment including Janet Jackson, Justin Timberlake, Rihanna and Gwen Stefani ( Click here to see Steelo in Early Winter ). It was actually during a show on Gwen’s tour that Steelo proposed to his now wife, Penelope Vazquez.

A devoted husband, a proud father and an extraordinary dancer, Steelo was at the top of his game when his life took a dramatic turn that no one could have predicted…

On June 19th, Steelo suffered a ruptured brain aneurysm and had to undergo emergency surgery. During the operation he suffered a 2nd rupture. By the end of numerous surgeries, Steelo had suffered a shocking four ruptures and lost his ability to walk and speak.

Today, Steelo remains in an extensive rehabilitation program where doctors are helping him relearn basic functions.

His wife Penelope has constantly been by his side during the slow recovery in ICU. She has remained strong during this ordeal to care for their son Elijah, who just recently celebrated his first birthday.

Steelo’s friends, family and doctors are very hopeful for a full recovery, but it’s going to take a great deal of therapy, time and patience.

We all look forward to the day that he will once again be able to play an active role in the life of his son, as well as return to the stage with his amazing gift of dance.”

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