Big Mijo was raised in a part of Los Angeles where, he says, “After school there is gangs and sports and that’s it for some, and for a small group of people there was street dancing.” Several years ago, he and a friend originated the dance style known as krump.
Hurricane is also a krump dancer, and in 2003 was featured in the film “Shake City 101,” a predecessor to the documentary “Rize.” In addition to dancing, he is a rapper who goes by the name Be Cautious.
Pandora has been seen on “So You Think You Can Dance,” “Step Up 3D” and “The Legion of Extraordinary Dancers.” Known for the mechanized dance style called tutting, Pandora describes herself as a “street dancer, popper, designer, poet, artist, robotic super human.”
Prophecy Music Project is an ensemble that uses music, dance, storytelling and percussion to show how African traditions have influenced other cultures worldwide.
Today’s urban dance scene is loaded with styles and language that might baffle those who don’t know krump from clown.
This subculture is explored in the documentary “Rize,” which will be presented in a free screening Wednesday, March 16, at the Neon Movies.
Directed by David LaChapelle, the film reveals the competitive world of street dancers in South Central Los Angeles. Denied the advantages of more affluent communities, these young people devise their own performing art using the resources they have: throbbing music, raw energy and endless invention.
A discussion after the film will include Big Mijo and Hurricane, two influential krump dancers.