- 1 hr 26 min
The documentary Rize is a dance movie that showcases the emergences of three different dance styles with similar roots. Krumping,Clowning and the Stripper Dance, all shares ties to the inner city youth of South Central Los Angeles. These three dances bring the youth together in a positive constructive way that rivals that of the early eighties break dancing movement. During the movie the three dances are all showcased and given a chance to talk about their history. Clowning The Clowns were started by Tommy the Clown who saw talent in his local neighborhood of kids. So he decided to take them in and show them how to dance, this dance allowed them to stay away from negative influences in their life. This also allowed them to create bonds and have an extended family outside of their own at home. Many of the kids that dance for Tommy were underprivileged or came from broken homes, so having dance as an outlet allowed them to use their energy constructively. The clowning style of dance is more comical in nature and features the dancers adorning clothing worn by clowns. The face paint is combined with the urban style of clothing, giving each dancer a unique style that sets them apart from each other. Clowning usually involves various gyrations of the body to the beat of music while performing funny stunts and routines. Krumping Krumping is an more aggressive style of dance that was started by both Tight Eyez and Big Mijo. Both of these dancers started off as clowns but later decided to break away from the dance to start a more edgy version of it. Tight Eyez relocated from California to New York and explains in the film that his experiences on the East Coast influenced both the music as well as the fashion that krumpers adorn. Unlike the Clowns,Krumper's face paint tends to resemble war paint and the dress is more sinister. Unlike, clowns who seek to entertain the Krumpers seek to battle which results in the final battle between both groups.