This movement had the goal to entertain the youth in kid’s parties, neighborhood gatherings and community centers. The dancers were using energetic and humoristic movements. But at a certain point, this dance became limited for what some dancers wanted and needed to express. Tight Eyez and Mijo decided to create their own language, more powerful and aggressive, basing its essence on the pure and authentic expression of emotions through technical basic movements. Other dancers that were around at that time, contributed to the development of the dance: Miss Prissy, Lil C, Slayer, JSmoove, Daisy, etc. At this time, the first Krump crew was created: Cartoonz. The emergence of the style is narrated in the documentary Rize, directed by David Lachapelle.
Krump is a high intensity freestyle dance that requires strength, power, control and full commitment to an authentic expression of pure emotions. From a big and solid technical movements repertoire, the dancers use those movements through a character. At first sight, we might think that those kind of movements and facial expressions are the expression of aggressivity, anger even rage. But we quickly discover that passion and a full, physical and mental commitment, are the main source of the form. More than just a dance style, Krump is a culture in itself: music, dress code, etc. Even more, there are important elements that compose this culture: the “sessions”, the “battles”, the “labs” (practices), are important pillars of this style, it is born from these. At its beginning, Krump had more of a spiritual connotation, reason why it has this acronym: K.R.U.M.P: Kingdom, Radically, Mighty, Praise. Krump stayed underground for a long period of time: people only got access to the information through a series of instructional DVD’s done by the creators and the