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Local Krump Dancers Hit National Stage
By Shaquille Woods, Contributing Writer
Published June 14, 2018

KRUMP DANCERS BDASH & KONKRETE (Courtesy photo)

Los Angeles dance duo, BDASH & KONKRETE, spoke to the Los Angeles Sentinel Newspaper about their experience as contestants in season 2 of NBC’S World of Dance.  The duo was featured Tuesday June 5th showcasing their dance style called krumping.  Krumping is a street dance popularized for its free, expressive, and energetic movement.

LOS ANGELES SENTINEL NEWSPAPER:  How did you two begin your dancing career?

BDASH: Well I started dancing when I was seventeen. When I saw the movie Rize, it inspired me to start krump dancing.  That’s how I started this whole journey.

KONKRETE:  I’ve been dancing since I was a senior in high school, but I found krump at the age of sixteen.  I saw the movie Rize too.  I also watched the movie You Got Served that inspired me.

LAS: What’s something about krumping that’s appealing to you two?

BDASH: I like how krump is more aggressive.  That’s what got my attention.  The style looks hard and serious.

KONKRETE: For me, I love energy.  I had a lot of energy at school.   I was always considered a dancer but krumping is different.  The energy is amazing.

LAS: What is the creative process behind creating your movements?

BDASH: We trust each other because we know we have the same styles.  We understand each other’s movement.  We rarely take out any moves or ideas.  Everything we do comes from scratch.  It’s our work ethic.  We do not save routines like other crews.

KONKRETE: We brainstorm first before we come up with all the moves.  Then we progress to different sections.  We try to put the songs in different parts.  You don’t want to make up a bunch of stuff that doesn’t match.  It’s all about finding the moment.

LAS: From your own personal experience, what has been the biggest struggle in obtaining success?

BDASH: It’s hard to be a professional dancer all the time. You may have to experience being jobless for a long time.  That struggle alone could cause someone to give up.  You must see the bigger picture in the end.  That’s the main reason to have goals because if not, dancing will swallow you up.

KONKRETE: My biggest struggle is maintaining my dream while also being a father.   It’s easy to give up.  We went from free styling to doing choreography.  We laugh at it now, but all the work goes a long way.  As a father, I want to teach my son to never give up.

LAS: What words of advice would you give to aspiring dancers?

BDASH: Practice.  Allow time to pass but don’t wait.  You must have some type of foundation.  If you don’t have foundation, you will give up.  Also, don’t try to get into many aspirations.  Focus on a couple and everything else will fall in place.

KONKRETE-We both live off this one slogan: Be ready for no reason.  We hold that close to us.  You have to love what you do.  I love dancing.  I don’t do it because I want to have a job.  I love the art behind it.  I refuse to let the industry tell me what I’m supposed to do.

To follow their journey, watch World Of Dance on NBC every Tuesday.  Check local listings for time.

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