History of Krump Dance

screen-shot-2016-11-29-at-11-44-01-pmKrumping is a relatively new urban street style dance that began in South Central Los Angeles. It’s characterized by highly expressive dance with energetic moves involving the arms, stomps and chest. It has become a major part of the hip hop dance culture. The word Krump sometimes spelled K.R.U.M.P., which is a backronym for Kingdom, Radically, Uplifted, Mighty, Praise presenting krumping as a faith-based artform. Krumping was created by two dancers: Ceasare “Tight Eyez” Willis and Jo’Artis “Big Mijo” Ratti in South Los Angeles during the early 2000s. Since the birth of this style, it was called “clowning.”Clowning is the less aggressive predecessor to krumping and was created in 1992 by Thomas “Tommy the Clown” Johnson in Compton, California. In the 1990s, Johnson and his dancers, the Hip Hop Clowns, would paint their faces and perform clowning for children at birthday parties or for the general public at other functions as a form of entertainment. Krump is also known to be an emotional dance and is often to used for battles. Dance “battling,” is a form of dance where competitor’s face-off in a direct competition. It’s an integral component of krump in a similar way to the earlier breakdance battles. However, it includes “dissing” (mocking), and heightened moments of frantic, aggressive arm and chest movements, known as “buck” moves in krump. With such significant history, I came across one of the best krump dancers in the Bay Area. Huy Duo, also known as Aftashock will be in a video project of mine in the near future. He will be showcasing the basics of Krump. Be on the lookout on Youtube!

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