“Raised by Krump” explores the LA-born dance movement “krumping,” and how the dance has helped the lives of some of the area’s most influential dancers.
In most cases, when a guy opts for dancing as an alternative to violence, it’s the start of an 80’s movie starring Kevin Bacon or Patrick Swayze. But this isn’t a retro music video from Michael Jackson, this is real life and in real life, the choice between dance and violence can be life or death. And every music genre has their expression-filled style of dance; rockers have their mosh pits, hip hop fans and dancers have their krumping.
In the early 90’s a style of dance called ‘clowning’ was created and while the movements were bold and expressive, they rarely communicated the reality of the dancer; instead, clowning focused on the funny and silly side of life. Dancers wanted the same, big, bold, expressive dancing but with emotion that hit closer to home, as a result krumping was born. Dancing can channel the rage and frustration, so violence is no longer needed and, therefore, no longer an option. Just think, as crazy as it sounds, what a better world it would be if everyone opted for krumping over killing.
After witnessing how powerful authentic krumping can be for both the dancer and on-lookers, Maceo Frost was inspired to make a short film about the topic. To avoid making a simple dance film, Frost dug deep to find out why the dance style is such an emotional release for krumpers. Using a unique visual style paired with thoughtful interviews and energetic dance clips, Raised By Krump is a must-see and well worth 20 minutes of your day.
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