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“The Underground: From the Streets to the Stage” was the first-ever live krump performance to be presented for an audience on September 5, 2012, at USC. Miss Prissy conceived, and she and Lil "C" choreographed the show, which featured a variety of street styles, including Chicago footwork and Brooklyn bruk up. The performance received great response, and the Ebony Repertory Theatre presented The Underground at Nate Holden PAC in November 2012. The show still features Chicago footworker King Charles and has added popper Boogie Frantick. We are now seeking funds to help tour our show and bring street dance to stages around the world.

The Underground has three Black History Month programs in February, at Mount St. Mary’s College, A Place Called Home and Cal State Long Beach. In April, the company will be part of Street Dance L.A., a street dance festival at Nate Holden April 5-6, and was also selected to perform at the Pasadena Dance Festival on April 27.

Since Dave LaChapelle’s 2005 documentary Rize, krump has seen its popularity grow via the Internet and TV shows like “So You Think You Can Dance.” But the founders and the dancers who krump every day in neighborhood freestyle sessions haven’t received this much recognition since the film’s debut. The Underground received a string of press coverage, including KCRW, LA Weekly and Huffington Post, and NPR covered krumping in Liberia a few weeks later.

The Underground challenges notions of what is defined as contemporary dance. Many people don’t put street dance in the genre of contemporary. Marc Bamuthi Joseph, director of performing arts at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, said in an interview, “As a student of what folks call contemporary or modern dance, I see what turf dancers do, krumpers, jookers, I see that as movement vocabulary. I also see that, looked at in a different way that movement vocabulary in a different context performed to different music would be considered modern dance, and nobody would trip.”

The Underground will continue to bring street dance to the stage, and hopes to reach and inspire communities across the globe.

Risks and challenges

It's not easy to present street dance on the stage. In our short journey as a company, we have met with some opposition, but mostly encouragement. The dancers who make up this company dance every day on streets, in backyards, at community centers, and will continue to do so. They judge competitions and participate in battles, sessions and freestyle ciphers. Because they love it. It's this passion that pushes us forward.

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