In the first "street dancing" scene (the one in which Kelly accompanies Ozone and Turbo to the beach), the audience watching the dancing is comprised of surfers and beach bums. In said audience, we see a man in a black singlet clapping with the music. This man is Jean-Claude Van Damme in his first on-screen appearance. According to Van Damme, he tried hard to draw attention to himself by jumping in the air and doing flips but they were not included in the film.
First feature film of rapper Ice-T - two of his early instrumental rap songs were used (Tibetan Jam and Reckless); the producers later used Tibetan Jam in the film Missing in Action (1984) where it was used as background music.
According to Lucinda Dickey, Adolfo Quinones would often try to show her up and make her feel intimidated because of her dancing ability and their clashes within the film rang true with his personal resentment for her which was also shared by their co-star Michael Chambers.
In a race to beat Orion Pictures to release the first film about the break dancing movement, all the scenes that were shot and ended up in the film is virtually everything that studio was able to edit together and release because of the impending release date and tight post-production schedule. The film was a financial and critical success.
The shirtless dancer with black shorts and black hair dancing next to Jean Claude Van Damme is Van Damme's longtime friend and actor Michel Qissi. Michel would go on to play Jean Claude's rival in "Kickboxer" as the legendary Tong Po.