Charles Lays Claim to a New Title: Prince of Break Dancing

UPDATED 04/15/1985 at 01:00 AM EST Originally published 04/15/1985 at 01:00 AM EST

All right. He is HRH Prince Charles of Wales, Earl of Chester, Duke of Cornwall and Rothesay, Earl of Carrick and Baron of Renfrew, Lord of the Isles, Great Steward of Scotland and heir to the British throne—but can he break dance? Spurred perhaps by the scene earlier in the week when Princess Di danced away the night at a London do with partners such as actor Christopher Reeve, Prince Charles agreed to have a go. While visiting with 300 unemployed young people, ages 18 to 25, at a workshop in the Sussex village Middleton-on-Sea, he came across a group in the local disco. There, as the dancers, some clad in reggae T-shirts, chanted, "Clap hands, here comes Prince Charles," he headed onto the dance floor to learn some basic break-dance steps. Granted, his moonwalk seemed a bit earthbound. Still he did show that he could keep the break-dance beat, which of late has caught on with the Brits. "He got his foot movements right," said his "coach," Dwayne Smith, 21, admiringly. "He's quite a mover."

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