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The Art of Getting Krumped

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While Hustle & Flow got most of the buzz coming out of Sundance and Love & War were the themes of the two big jury prize winners, we're most excited about Dave LaChappelle's short (now a full length documentary), Krumped. After being featured in videos by Missy Elliott and the Black Eyed Peas last year, we wondered if the local dance movement was going to quickly lose its lustre but, thankfully, that doesn't seem to be the case.

Renewed interest in LaChappelle's doc now means that the 50 or so groups of clown dancers across the country will likely grow and that can only be a good thing. Krumping has the opportunity to be the same outlet for aggression that breakdancing was for the inner-city at the dawn of hip hop. The idea of going crew against crew in clown makeup and dancing our faces off to see who's best just seems like too much fun.

Well, except for the clown makeup, maybe. LAist loves to dance; we're not so sure we could do it in a multi-colored afro and white paint.

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Can't wait for the Spring release of Krumped? You're in luck because you can Get Krump now or learn the dances yourself with Krump 101.