Krumping, also clown dancing or clowning is a style of dance that originated in the African-American community of South Central Los Angeles, California. It involves freestyle movements and elaborate face-painting. The dance moves are usually performed in competition with other crews. It is known to be a positive outlet for expressing anger and used as a nonviolent alternative to the street violence. The first clown dancer was Thomas Johnson also known as Tommy the Clown. He was a former spokesperson for Gray Davis. He began in 1992 by using the dance to enhance birthday party clown acts. Soon he had a crew of followers gathered around him, who called themselves the Hip Hop Clowns (Rize). The underground movement soon spread beyond its point of origin to the rest of California and beyond. Currently there are around 50 clown dancing groups. It has entered mainstream hip hop culture by the performance of Krumping in various music videos and movies. Krump essentially stands for Kingdom Radically Uplifted Mighty Praise (Rize). It is often confused with clown dancing, though both are separate forms of dancing, Krump dancing can be regarded as an off-shoot of clown dancing though. This was in opposition to street violence, which was much prevalent due to violent gangster behaviors during this time. This dance was popularized by the documentary movie ‘Rize’, which gave the world a glimpse into this free-style form of dancing (Rize). Krump dance or Krumping is very energetic and unpredictable in nature. The versatility factor in this dance enables different people to adapt it according to their own personality or what suits them the best (Rize). Now that this dance has evolved from its primitive stage, there is a defined structure and defined styles of Krumping.
Krumping comprises of a number of styles within itself, the most common of which are dissing (from disrespectful) and sick movements such as grimey and snaking,...
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