The Underground: Street Chronicles

Visions and Voices

The Underground Street Dance Company will return to the Bovard stage with The Underground: Street Chronicles, starring krump pioneers Miss Prissy and Lil “C” and more of the best street dancers in the world. Witness their explosive energy in a thrilling performance that shows how dance can serve as a crucial form of expression and connection.
One year after their incredible debut performance at USC, The Underground Street Dance Company will take the Bovard stage again! Last year, The Underground electrified a capacity crowd with a live theatrical experience on the art of krump. Celebrating the tenth anniversary of the birth of krump in South Los Angeles, the historic performance was created by two krump pioneers, Miss Prissy and Lil “C”, a judge on FOX’s So You Think You Can Dance.

This year, they will premiere The Underground: Street Chronicles, starring Miss Prissy, Lil “C” and more of the best street dancers in the world. Each of these dancers has a unique story of struggle, which they express through diverse, highly expressive street-dance forms. Witness their explosive energy in a thrilling performance that shows how dance is a crucial form of expression, a coping mechanism and a means of connection in a complicated world. See and hear what The Underground: Street Chronicles can tell us about the world we live in. 

The performance will be followed by a conversation with the dancers moderated by USC Annenberg professor Sasha Anawalt.

About the Artists:

Classically trained, Miss Prissy started taking dance lessons at the age of four, learning everything from ballet to jazz to tap. She discovered hip hop dancing at thirteen. In 2005, she starred in the film Rize, which chronicles the lives of some of South Central Los Angeles’s top krump dancers. She went on to tour with Snoop Dogg, the Game and Madonna. The “queen of krump” teaches, choreographs and performs as a dancer and singer around the world. She currently runs her own production company and released her second mixtape, The Diamond in the Ruff, on December 25, 2012. She is working on a feature-length documentary about street dancers around the country, and she is the founder/director/choreographer of The Underground. (FacebookTwitter)

Dancer and choreographer Christopher A. Toler, best known as Lil “C”, began his career in 2001 and has appeared in music videos for Jennifer Lopez, Missy Elliott, Christina Milian, Gwen Stefani and Madonna. He was one of the dancers profiled in Rize, a 2005 documentary following the rise of krumping. He has choreographed performances for the Teen Choice Awards, American Music Awards and NAACP Image Awards. Lil “C” has appeared in the films Stomp the Yard and Be Cool, but is perhaps best known as a choreographer and guest judge for FOX’s So You Think You Can Dance. He can also be seen acting in You Got Served: Beat the Worldand StreetDance 2. He is co-choreographer of The Underground. (Facebook)

The Underground is a street dance company based in Los Angeles that features a variety of styles from around the United States, including krump, Chicago footwork, popping and Brooklyn bruk up. They also consider themselves a movement, and the dancers hope to share their art and passion for street dance with as many communities as possible. In September 2012, the company premiered its first live show to a packed audience of over 1,200 at USC.

Related Events:

Krump Workshops with Miss Prissy and Lil “C”
Wednesday, September 11 and Friday, September 13
4:15 to 5:30 p.m.
Mudd Hall of Philosophy 101
For more info, click here.

Organized by Sasha Anawalt (Journalism), Robeson Taj Frazier (Communication) and Jessica Koslow (Journalism). Co-sponsored by USC Program Board Special Events Committee.

Photos: Paul Antico

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