Krumper

Adeline Kerry Cruz

Last updated: April 29, 2024

Adeline is passionate about KRUMP, one could even say she is a KRUMP prodigy. K.R.U.M.P means "Kingdom  Radically Uplifted Mighty Praise". It is a dance inspired by "Clown Dancing". Clown Dancing was invented in 1992 by Thomas Johnson. Upset by the violence of race riots, gang wars and drug trafficking in his city Los Angeles, Johnson decided to take action. He disguised himself as a clown, painted his face, invented the hip hop clown and called himself "Tommy the Clown". After the creation of the character, Tommy the Clown animates birthday parties for underprivileged children in his neighborhood. He invented a dance for the occasion 
called "Clowning".


Very quickly the kids from the ghettos took up his choreography. Later, in the 2000s, some Clowning enthusiasts, such as Tight Eyess, Big Mijo and Jay Smooth, invented the KRUMP. A faster and more aggressive form of dance but stemming from the same frustration and the same will of positivism. KRUMP proliferates in South Central, one of the poorest neighborhood in Los Angeles. The founders use KRUMP to change the difficult lives of inner-city youth. 

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