Profiling the Battle for Fresno State panelists and judges all day, first up @popinpete Hailing from West Fresno, Timothy “Popin’ Pete” Solomon, is one of the most recognizable dancers on the planet. Before he was known to the world as a popping pioneer and innovator, Popin’ Pete learned to dance alongside his legendary brother, Boogaloo Sam, founder of the Electric Boogaloos, and one of the creators of popping. As a first-generation member of the Electric Boogaloos, Popin’Pete helped introduce the world to popping through through two iconic Soul Train appearances. in the process, Popin’ Pete and his crew caught the eye of Michael Jackson who requested that they teach him to pop, a request that culminated in Pete appearing in Beat It and Michel Jackson’s groundbreaking short film, Captain Eo. Hollywood also came calling landing Pete a role in the 1984 film Breakin’. Pete has since collaborated with some of the biggest names in pop music, including Janet Jackson, Justin Timberlake, Mya, Chris Brown, and Gwen Stefani, as both a dancer and choreographer. Popin’ Pete stays active, crisscrossing the globe both with the Electric Boogaloos and as a solo performer, judge, instructor, and dance ambassador.