‘Krump is a type of street dance which is quite aggressive. It’s mostly dominated by men; some girls are afraid to do it because they think they’ll appear less feminine. I’m surprised that even in this generation we are still creating these barriers.’
Jonadette Carpio, from Croydon, is encouraging young people to ignore gender stereotypes and pursue their hobbies no matter what sex they are.
Her story was broadcast on ITV News London on Monday 15th January.
The 20-year-old, who was born in the Phillipines, says: ‘I used to dance ballet.
‘I discovered krumping two to three years ago and I loved the energy.
‘Getting involved in krumping has changed my life as it has taken me around the world for shows.
‘The polar opposite of krumping is called waacking and people will argue that it has a more feminine style but the reaction I get is that it is nice to see a girl representing krump.'
In the broadcast Dr Caitriona Beaumont from South Bank University features to support Jonadette’s campaign and offer further information.
She states: ‘From the moment we are born we are labelling ourselves as male and female.
‘Girls and boys are dressed in certain ways that immediately reinforce gender difference.
‘When it is so embedded within our culture it’s very difficult to change that but it’s not impossible.’
Jonadette adds: ‘I hope my project will inspire young people to think about how gender defines them and about the fact that they should try new things.
‘They never know, they could unexpectedly excel at something.’
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