has achieved 25 years of making a positive impact in the Los Angeles community promoting safety and the arts. Famous for creating the Krump, Battle Zone and clown dancing, a celebration is in order for the Tommy The Clown Academy 25 Year Anniversary on Saturday, May 20, 2017 from 6-9 PM at USC Galen Center, 3400 S. Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90089. HustleTV
This celebration will be an amazing show, featuring Kida The Great, NBC’s “World of Dance” winner; Ray Ray, Mindless Behavior; Famous Uno, T-Squad, Celebrity Guests, Official Battle Zone and more.
Tommy’s dance craze caught the attention of award-winning director and photographer, David LaChapelle – who was compelled to film the South LA founder of an international dance craze. LaChapelle directed the documentary feature, “RIZE”, which was released in summer of 2005 through Lionsgate Films. The movie was an immediate hit!
For 25 years, Tommy the Clown and T-Squad have performed for hundreds of thousands of people and regularly entertain a sold out 17,500 crowd at The Forum. Tommy speaks humbly of his inner city born dance team who are now hired to travel and entertain crowds all over the world including London, Japan, Germany and Hong Kong and has entertained celebrities such as Madonna, Pamela Anderson and Cedric the Entertainer.
Tommy the Clown was complimented by Councilman Curren Price as “…one of the top five non-political influencers in Los Angeles”. Using dance, he gives at-risk youth a unique opportunity to engage in the art of creative dancing, pulling kids and teens away from drugs and gangs into a group of communication and responsibilities.
Tommy The Clown 25 Year Anniversary is sponsored by Debbie Allen Dance Academy, USC Civic Engagement, BHS Family Health Center and Black Diamonds Drill Team & Drum Squad. Proceeds will benefit inner city students by receiving free dance classes and afterschool programs, which are designed to strengthen their communication with one another in a safe environment from their dangerous neighborhoods.
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Tommy’s current mission is to expand the influence of his Hawthorne, CA based dance Academy to other locations throughout Los Angeles.
About Tommy The Clown
Thomas “Tommy the Clown” Johnson was born in Detroit and moved to South Los Angeles when he was an early teen. Like many of his friends and neighbors, Tommy found himself in and out of trouble while trying to survive. After living a troubled lifestyle, he realized that this lifestyle was not for him and that he needed to make a drastic change. Determined to never go back to his old ways, Thomas rejoined the working society by getting an honest job as a typist clerk. But in 1992, Thomas’ life changed in a way he could have never predicted. One of his co-workers asked him to be a clown for her child’s birthday and because of his upbeat personality and sense of humor, she thought he’d be perfect for the quick paying job. Up for the challenge, he took the job and Tommy the Clown was born. Tommy the Clown has since become the pioneer of an inspirational dance movement known as “Clowning” and “Krumping” and turned a popular form of birthday party entertainment into a worldwide phenomenon. HustleTV
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