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Agency signs terp for 'krumping' stage show

The people at William Morris believe there is a stage show in the hip-hop dance phenom called “krumping.”

Agency has signed Thomas Johnson, aka Tommy the Clown, with hopes that he can create and perform in a touring show that will feature the fiercely energetic, freestyle dance style. Adding to the inherent theatricality of krumping is the circuslike makeup Johnson has brought to hip-hop.

Krumping is the subject of David La Chappelle’s docu “Rize,” which profiles how the dance phenom grew out of South Central Los Angeles. Krumping competitions are called “battle zones,” and Johnson continues to stage them every third Saturday of every month at the Debbie Allen Dance Academy in L.A.

WMA’s Clint Mitchell describes Johnson’s legit venture as a “Stomp”-style show, which the agency expects to tour next season.

Before the tour, WMA will work to raise awareness of Johnson through TV appearances. Krumping already has been featured in several hip-hop videos.

William Morris was the agency behind “Russell Simmons’ Def Poetry Jam,” which played Broadway during the 2002-03 season and continues to tour.

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