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History of Krumping

Learn the history of krumping in this Howcast dance video with choreographer Jamal Cumberbatch.


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This is an introduction to krump dancing. Are you guys ready? 'Cause I know I am, here we go.
It came from hip hop and African style tribal dances. They put those together and they were able to show people the releasing of inner-city youth that was trapped. They wanted to express theirself, they wanted to show the world how they felt throughout their--through their dance style. It went into different cities, more kids picked it up, more families picked it up, more dancers picked it up, from break-dancers to pop-lockers to, um, any different dance style. They started to grab on and latch on to this dance.

It ended up being a street thing. It ended up being in the garages, ended up being in the back yards, then it ended up being televised, then it ended up being movies, then it ended up being a world-changing, evolving dance style. Now you have workshops, now you have people training it, you have it as a class. You take something that was just in a garage, and then it grows into technique of dance. That's how things evolve. That's how things--that's how people take things serious. So the history of krump is an evolving dance style that went from one step to ongoing, to this day. So the history is not even over. It's gonna continue, it's gon' keep going, it's gonna be great, gonna be awesome.

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