Brukup is a Blend of Krumping and Afro-Japanese Expression

By: Tracy Wallace - Published: • References: nytimes and nytimes
Brukup, also spelled Bruk up or Bruckup, is an underground dance form that combines the moves of many dance styles from several different countries. The dancer contorts into a series of moves reminiscent of a combination of mime, Thriller monster moves, raving and break dancing, krumping, and Jamaican dance hall. Another dance that Brukup incorporates is butoh, a Japanese modern dance form known as the dance of the dead. 

At this time Bruk is mainly practiced in Afro-Caribbean communities, but now that mainstream music videos and YouTube have been showing the dance, it is being appreciated by a larger audience. Bruk has fans as far as Australia and China through the help of online video. 

Pop culture also plays a role when choreographing the dance; references to movies such as “Lost Boys” and “Blade” have been used. Unlike other forms of street dance, dancers often wear costumes or use a few props to illustrate a theme. In the first gallery photo, dancer Drevon Washington (aka Dominus the Konqueror), sports fangs and a mask.