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Meet Deidra Cooper of Krucial The Liberator in Los Angeles, Watts, Compton and Inglewood

Today we’d like to introduce you to Deidra Cooper.

When she was very young, Deidra, an Inglewood native, began dancing at Universal Dance Design with Paul and Arlene Kennedy. As a high school student, Deidra served as head choreographer for her school’s dance team. She continued pursuing her ‘dancer’ ambitions in college at Johnson C. Smith University (in Charlotte, NC) where she was chief choreographer for Unparalleled Productions and choreographer for Eclypse Dance Troupe. She also helped the stepmaster of her sorority, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. create different dances and steps for competitions.

After college, Krucial returned home to LA where she’s both working on a master’s degree at USC and dancing in the area. A talented krumper, Krucial is a member of Demolition Crew. She performs at schools, women’s prisons, marches, protests, boot camps and more. Additionally, Krucial has performed in two Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre performances: Chinatown Blues and Brush Up. As a teaching artist with Duck Truck Residency Program (DTRP), Krucial provoked imagination in her students through original movement. She inspired collaboration and team building and helped students of all ages develop their communication skills.

In 2013, Krucial was featured in the award-winning short documentary “STAND” which highlights her dance group, Demolition Crew and how she infuses krump with activism. The film has had much success in various film festivals including the San Francisco Dance Film Festival, Chicago International Social Change Film Festival, Souq Film Festival and the Pan African Film Festival. Krucial is also a member of the Wonder Women movement geared towards motivating and empowering young ladies and women everywhere through dance.

Krucial has traveled to many State-wide colleges and universities as well as across the world to London, Belgium and Spain teaching, judging and showcasing at events geared towards uplifting communities and raising awareness about street dance activism. She has been in music videos and commercials for high profile celebrities and she’s even been the featured story on news channels for her work with the youth. Krucial continues to strive for balance within herself and others. She also strives to uplift people everywhere to demolish any and all obstacles they’re faced with while taking a stand on injustices around the globe and living your life to the fullest.

Has it been a smooth road?

STAND the documentary shows some of the hardships as well as my personal hardships. In a male dominant dance, it is still a struggle for women to get the proper respect.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
I teach inner city and urban young and old krump as a form of activism as well as physical, mental and emotional healing. I also speak at universities and colleges about Street Dance Activism with a concentration on Krump Activism. What sets me apart are my methods in which I teach my students, as well as how I incorporate taking a stand for what you believe in and are able to achieve to all walks of life.

Is our city a good place to do what you do?
Our city can start uniting to get the youth off the streets. The funding should increase for art programs so the young and old have somewhere to express themselves properly.

Contact Info:

  • Email: bookkrucialnow@gmail.com
  • Instagram: Officialkrucial
  • Facebook: KRUCIAL THE LIBERATOR

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