Hip-hop, break dance and street dance have achieved general public recognition, in part due to the success of b-boys and b-girls on TV’s So You Think You Can Dance
, and the insightful, if not always linear, critiques from frequent SYTYCD
judge Lil’C. But Lil’ C’s own niche, krumping, has yet to gain widespread recognition beyond the dance world. Dave LaChapelle's 2005 film Rize
documented this energetic street-dance style and introduced major players like Lil' C and Miss Prissy. While krumping has infiltrated music videos and TV dance competitions, its realm has remained insular — battles between individuals and crews. Convinced that the time has come for krumping to meet a wider audience, Lil' C and Miss Prissy took The Underground: From the Streets to the Stage
into a USC theater in September with repertory that introduced theatrical structure while retaining the excitement, energy and improvisation at krumping’s heart. The enthusiastic audience gave them bragging rights to the first ever live krump stage show. Anyone who missed that debut effort has two more chances to see The Underground: From the Streets to the Stage
at the Nate Holden Performing Arts Center, 4718 W. Washington Blvd.; Fri.-Sat., Nov. 16-17; $10-$20; (323) 964-9766 www.itsmyseat.com/ERT.
Fri., Nov. 16, 8 p.m.; Sat., Nov. 17, 8 p.m., 2012