How to crip walk dance

Crip Walk – Xzibit



Serena Williams reminded the Wimbledon tennis club crowd that although she’s now living the high life in the rich sport of tennis, she came from the tough streets of Compton. After beating Maria Sharapova in straight sets in the 2012 Womens Singles tennis final, William’s proceeded to celebrate by performing an impromptu Crip Walk. ‘I didn’t think it could get better than winning Wimbledon,’ an elated Williams said after the game. When asked about the Crip Walk, William’s said ‘I don’t think I’ve ever danced like that, I don’t even know where the dance came from.’

Watch the short video of Serena below:

Serena William’s not only holds securing a career Golden Slam in tennis, she now holds the record of being the first sports person to do the C-Walk in the Olympics!


Crip Walk Pictures

Snoop Dogg doing the Crip Walk The Crip Walk



The Crip Walk originated in the 1970s in Compton, a suburb of Los Angeles, California. The Crip walk is often referred to throughout many rap songs, including Xzibit tracks such as “Get Your Walk On” and J-kwon’s “Hood Hop”. The C-Walk was originally a symbolic dance strictly for Crip gang members in the early 1980s in South Central Los Angeles, however by the early 1990’s the dance had evolved into a popular hip-hop dance. Today the dance is known to many as the “Clown Walk”. The dance was originally used by Crip members to spell out their names and other Crip symbols. Gang members would often spell out the word “Bloods”, the name of their rival gang, before crossing it out with a nimble movement of the feet. It is believed that the Crip Walk was used as a signal to initiate robberies – a lookout would scout out a location while other crip members watched and waited for the C-Walk to signal that the coast is clear. It is also believed that the Crip Walk was performed soon after the slaying of a rival gang-members.


Today the C-Walk has received mass media coverage and now has now become mainstream after West Coast rap icons such as Ice-T and WC performed the dance live on stage. Rapper Snoop Dogg has made it very clear to his listeners that the dance is dangerous and should not be performed by non-gang members: Snoop Dogg – Streets “And just cause we talkin’, what you doin’ C-Walking? It’s not just a dance it’s a way a’ living Now if ya C-Walking, ya best to “see” Crippin’ And that goes for kids too, and R&B singers N1gga quit Crip-Walking if ya ain’t a gang banger” In an attempt to perform the same style of dance while distancing itself from previous ties, variations on the dance such as the Clown Walk have appeared. The original move has been now labeled The “V”. This move involves moving your body by making “V” shaped movements with the feet. Bouncing around in the “V” motion allowed gang members to spell out names and words.


Variations Other variations have been developed, such as:

The Shuffle – This involves moving the feet backwards and forwards. This style of dance appears in Snoop Dogg’s music video “The Streets”

The Heel-Toe – This move involves crossing on leg to make a part twist with the toes and heels. This move involves your right foot being directly at 90 degrees behind the left foot to make the partial twist. It is said to be a much harder move to learn. This move has recently been popularized as one of the major Clown Walking techniques.

The Snake – This is another Clown Walk movement. The dancer must move his front leg left and his right on his heel, shortly being followed by his back leg.


Misspelled and Altered spelling In recent times The Crip Walk or C-Walk has been referred to as the “Crypt walk”, “Krypt walk” and “Krip walk” – Possibly by mistake, or possibly to remove all reference to the original dance.


Dance Origins believes The Top 10 Songs to Crip Walk to are:

1 – Xzibit – Get your Walk On 2 – Xzibit – Multiply 3 – J-kwon – hood hop 4 – 2Pac – Loyal to The Game 5 – Westside connection – gangsta nation 6 – Tonedeff -Heads Up 7 – Xzibit – Alkoholik 8 – Mase – Breathe, Stretch, Shake 9 – 2pac – Still Ballin 10 – Cunninlynguists – 616 Rewind


Crip Walk Steps – How to do the Crip Walk The How to Crip Walk Steps

a) Stand up with both feet together.

b) Jump & turn towards the right slightly.

c) Land with right foot in front on heel & left foot towards the back on toes.

d) Jump & turn slightly to the left and land how you began, with both feet together.

e) Do the same with left foot in front as you turn slightly to the left.


Explanation First stand up tall & relax. It will look strange if you’re all tense. Now, position your feet about 3 inches apart. For people right handed, start with your right foot, for people left handed start with your left foot. Now make a baby step hop on to your better foot. Your foot should end up at a 45 degree angle & your toes should be up with your heel on the floor. Then you slightly bend your knees & put your foot down. Repeat the same pattern with your other foot. It sounds pretty confusing, but it’s not. It just takes time & effort.


Tip: You can add some quick jumping to the left and right rapidly, harlem, wave, whatever for style. But for the basic concept of crip walk, the above explains it well.


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Crip Walk Dance: History, Moves, Notable Dancers & More

If you’re based in Southern California or are interested in the underground, then you definitely must have heard of the Crips and the Bloods before. Arguably, they are the largest and most notorious gangs in the United States.

Their rivalries weren’t just on the streets. With the Crip Walk dance (and correspondingly, the Blood Walk dance), the gangs’ rivalries even went on to the entertainment realm.

In this article, we will take a closer look at one of the greatest ‘creations’ and most recognizable signatures of the Crips gang: the Crip Walk (or C-Walk).


  • What Is Crip Walk Dance?
  • C-Walk Dance History
    • Born in the 1970s
    • Get recognition in the late 1980s
  • Crip Walk Dance Move
    • The ‘Classic’ C-Walk
    • The Shuffle
    • The Heel-Toe
    • The Snake
    • The Harlem Shake
  • Crip Walk Clothes
  • Famous C-Walk Dancers
    • WC
    • Snoop Dogg
    • Ice Cube
    • Blueface
  • Crip Walk Dance Movie
    • C-Walk: It’s a Way of Livin’
    • You Got Served
  • C-Walk Dance Song
  • FAQs
    • 1. Do Bloods Crip Walk?
    • 2. Is Crip Walking Illegal?
  • Final Words

What Is Crip Walk Dance?

Over the years, there have been many different variations of the Crip Walk. The classic C-Walk is meant to be used as a gang sign. Members of the Crips would perform the dance to display their affiliation. And similar to the hand sign, it also serves as a way for members to recognize one another.

The performer of the classic C-Walk would spell the four words C-R-I-P with their footwork. Alternatively, members of the Crips were also reported to spell out the word “Bloods”, then cross out the name with their foot movement.

Many variations of the classic C-Walk have popped up. To name a few, there is the Clown Walk, the Killwaukee Walk, and the Crown Walk. They differ mostly in the way that the different moves are performed, like in the flow, tempo, and variation of the moves. The arm and bouncing movements are different between each variation, as well.

C-Walk Dance History

Born in the 1970s

According to most sources, the C-Walk was created by one of the very first Crips members, Robert Jackson (A.K.A “Sugar Bear”). He invented it in the 1970s while he was living in the infamous Compton area, California.

The area held a lot of significance for the gangs, as Compton was one of the fiercest ‘battlefields’ on which the rivalries between the Crips and the Blood were settled. Most original members of both gangs first started their lives there and many, tragically, ended their lives there, too.

After Sugar Bear came up with the dance, the C-Walk spread among the ranks and files of the Crips. Eventually, the simplistic dance got so popular that it became a gang affiliation symbol, just like the Crips hand sign.

Additionally, the C-Walk is also said to be used by Crips’ scouts to initiate a robbery, signaling when the coast is clear. The C-Walk can also be performed after a gang member has slain an ‘enemy’.

Get recognition in the late 1980s

The C-Walk achieved national as well as international recognition in the late 80s. The jittery pivots and shuffling motions of C-Walking got adopted by popular rappers and artists, like Snoop Dogg, WC, and Ice-T. Some of whom were once Crips members themselves.

Most recently, the star tennis player Serena Williams performed a C-Walk when she defeated Maria Sharapova during the 2012 Summer Olympics. It’s not very surprising that she knew of the dance. Serena was raised in Compton!

Crip Walk Dance Move

Before we begin, it’s worth keeping in mind that despite its mass appeal, C-Walking is still a gang symbol. It’s fine practicing C-Walking at home or in private settings. However, performing it publicly could be dangerous if you live in areas where gang violence is high. So, be cautious.

Here are some of the C-Walking moves that you can practice.

The ‘Classic’ C-Walk

  • Start with your feet together. Try and relax your body as much as you can. The key is maximum relaxation. If your body is tense, not only you won’t look good, but you’ll also look awkward.
  • Next, set your feet about 3 or 4 inches apart from one another. If you’re a righty, use your right foot. For lefties, use your left foot.
  • Make a small hop forward onto your dominant foot (let’s say, your right foot). Your right foot should be on its heel. Meanwhile, kick your non-dominant foot (left foot) back and onto its toes.
  • Make a jump and turn to your left. Land exactly like how you began the pattern with your feet together.
  • Now that you’ve turned to the left, repeat the pattern above but with your non-dominant foot instead.

It can take a while to get used to the pattern and you may need to watch a few videos to truly understand the instructions. But, overall, it’s a fairly simple pattern that isn’t too technical. You’ll be able to master it in just a few days of practice.

The Shuffle

The shuffle is a variation of the classic C-Walk. It’s exactly what it sounds like: shuffling your feet forward and backward. Notably, you can see The Shuffle in Snoop Dogg’s music video (The Streets).

The Heel-Toe

The Heel-Toe is one of the more difficult moves that you can master.

  • Place your right foot at 90° behind your left foot.
  • Then, make a partial twist by using your toes and heel. The pattern can take a while to get used to, so be extra patient.

It’s considered one of the major moves to learn in the modern variation of C-Walking, called Clown Walking.

The Snake

The Snake involves quickly moving your front leg to the left, then your right foot on its heel. Follow that up with your back leg. Like the Heel-Toe, it is one of the basic Clown Walking techniques.

The Harlem Shake

No, the Harlem Shake has nothing to do with the vintage meme. The Harlem Shake in C-Walking involves jerkily moving your arms and your shoulders to the beat of the music.

Crip Walk Clothes

There is no particular dress code for Crips walking. So, if you’re practicing, you can just wear whatever clothes that you feel the most comfortable in. But if you’re performing, you can wear common clothes that hip-hop dancers wear, like baggy jeans, loose T-shirts, crop tops, hoodies, and tracksuits.

As for footwear, casual sneakers will do the trick 99% of the time. However, we recommend buying a pair that you just wear exclusively for practicing. It’ll wear out less that way and you won’t bring in dirt and mud into the studio or the house.

Additionally, pick a pair of shoes that offer a lot of support. Although C-Walking is fairly simple and you won’t be as easily injured practicing it as breakdancing, it’s best to stay on the safe side. Sprained ankle sucks.

Famous C-Walk Dancers


William LaShawn Calhoun Jr., better known as WC (Dub C), is one of the most notable rappers to incorporate C-Walking into their performances. He was born on February 3rd, 1970 in Houston, Texas. WC later moved to LA with his family.

In the 80s, WC’s popularity grew until he became a staple in the music scene in the West Coast. He debuted his solo album in 1998, named “The Shadiest One”.

WC was seen performing the C-Walk on multiple occasions. A remarkable occasion was when he and Ice Cube performed the dance during the Up In Smoke hip-hop tour in 2001. Footage of the occasion exists online!

Snoop Dogg

Snoop Dogg is arguably the most famous rapper to have performed the C-Walk. After all, according to many reports, he was a member of an offshoot of the Crips in the Eastside of Long Beach, called the Rollin’ 20s Crips.

If you followed the Super Bowl, Snoop led a synchronized C-Walk performance during the half-time show of the Super Bowl LVI. Considering how taboo C-Walking is to television producers (MTV refused to broadcast anything that’s related to the dance), it’s a pretty remarkable event.

Snoop Dogg’s real name is Calvin Cordozar Broadus Jr. Born on October 20th, 1971, he’s been an integral part of the hip-hop and rapping scene for decades.

Ice Cube

O’Shea Jackson Sr., known better by his stage name “Ice Cube”, is the lyricist behind the famous rap album “Straight Outta Compton” by the N.W.A. He is one of the major reasons behind the widespread popularity of gangsta rap in the late 80s as well as today.

Although Ice Cube was never in a gang, he did live in a neighborhood as a child that was heavily influenced by the 111 Neighborhood Crips. Supposedly, that’s how he’s learned how to C-Walk. Eventually, he did so during his performance with WC during the Up In Smoke tour in 2001.


Jonathan Jamall Porter, or Blueface, is one of the younger rappers to have been seen performing the C-Walk. Born on January 20th, 1997, he’s been interested in rap music as well as rapping since he was a kid. According to his biography, he grew up listening to famous rappers like 50 Cent and Snoop Dogg.

Blueface was a member of the School Yard Crips gang. He referenced his ties to the group with his debut stage name in 2017 (Blueface Bleedem).

Crip Walk Dance Movie

There are many documentaries and movies that you can watch if you want to learn more about C-Walking. They will also afford you a better look into the rivalries between the Crips and Blood as well as the way of life for these gangsters.

C-Walk: It’s a Way of Livin’

The documentary was directed by CJ Mac. Released in 2003, the documentary recorded the origin and nature of the C-Walk itself.

It also has many interesting pieces of interviews with popular artists like Snoop Dogg, Ice-T, Malik Yoba, Warren G, and Jonathan Davis. Many of them were Crips members themselves. Their opinions and their experiences would bring you much closer to the real ‘ritual’ of the gang than anything else out there.

You Got Served

You Got Served is a drama dance film that was released in 2004. Although the reviews for the movie weren’t very enthusiastic and it’s not focused much on gangs, it does have a few small sequences that featured C-Walking.

The movie follows the stories of Elgin and David as they and their dance crew battled it out with other crews for the “Big Bounce”, a top-notch dance competition supposedly hosted by MTV. The final prize? $50,000.

If you want a movie to watch on the weekend that has C-Walking, give this one a shot. It may not be the best breakdance movie you’ve ever seen and it definitely won’t win an Oscar, but it’s definitely a fun watch (in our opinion).

C-Walk Dance Song

  • Xzibit – Get your Walk On
  • Xzibit – Alkaholik
  • Xzibit – Multiply
  • 2pac – Loyal to The Game
  • 2pac – Still Ballin
  • CunninLynguists – 616 Rewind
  • Mase – Breathe, Stretch, Shake



Do Bloods Crip Walk?

Bloods have their own form of gang walking, aptly called the “Blood Walk”. Blood Walking is far less popular than Crip Walking. However, according to many sources, they have more or less the same structure. The dancer would spell out the words ‘BLOODS’ with their footwork.

2. Is Crip Walking Illegal?

C-Walking is not illegal. However, it’s highly frowned upon if you do the dance without being associated with the gang itself. It could potentially be dangerous or even lethal. So, be cautious if you ever attempt C-Walking out in public.

Final Words

The Crip Walk dance is an interesting development in gangsta entertainment, rapping, and underground culture in general. Sure, its meaning is violent and dark, but it doesn’t do any harm to study and practice it.

Try it out for yourself!

Dance Crip-Walk (C-Walk). Type of modern dance.

Crip Walk can be described as a street culture dance, modern and spontaneous. The creep walk pays primary attention to the movements of the legs: as in a twist the dancer “presses the cigarette butt with his toes”, so in the creep walk different possible signs or words are written out with his feet. Sometimes, therefore, the creep walk is referred to as a "graphic dance".

In the late 60s in Los Angeles ghettoes were formed - special areas with a low level of development, inhabited by African Americans who defended their rights after the complete abolition of slavery in the territory US .

In these areas, various bandit groups had a huge influence, they were practically the only force influencing social change. The levers of influence and the main profit of the gangs were drugs, weapons, murders, robbery, blackmail ...

, which later became known as Crips .

Raymond's main ideas were to seize a leading position in the social influence of his society, protect his neighborhoods, "have weight on the scales" ...

In the early 80s, Crip Walking began to develop as symbolic dance of the Crips gang, which is why it got its name.

Crip Walk or C-Walk is a contemporary street dance style focused on virtuoso improvised footwork. It appeared in the late 60s of the 20th century in Compton, a poor suburb of Los Angeles, and was performed to rappers' chants.

Members of the gang used dexterous footwork to display their name or give bandit signs, to initiate new members into the gang.

In the early 70s, with the development of the Crips gang, they had special movements that only they understood, at first they were used as visual signals, passwords, warnings.

Developing this idea, Crips began to use these movements for initiation into gang members, and if you were not a member of their group, but copied their movements, you could be shot right on the street.

These movements were first called Crip walk .

Then it grew not just into movements, it became their style, their lifestyle, to leave the house and perform a crip walk, it was as natural as washing in the morning, moreover, all the members of the gang “cooked in it” .

With their crip walk , the creeps wrote the name of the main rival gang Bloods , and then crossed it out, thereby "omitting" them. The answer followed in the form of Blood walk - a set of moves similar to Crip walk.

At this time, clowns appeared in the same areas of the ghetto, in which people, living on welfare, were either members of gangs or those who hid from them. Yes, clowns.

They hosted parties for ordinary African-American families while dancing to the local music of hip-hop. The first was Thomas Johnson , later he turned into Tommy the Clown for everyone ( Clown Tommy ) - a cheerful guy with a painted face and hair of all colors of the rainbow at once.

His style was called clowning. He found himself in various types of hip-hop culture, and became the progenitor of such a style as Krump . But Tommy had many followers who developed separately from him, and one of them, seeing the movements of the Crips gang - crip walk, which was then forbidden in America, added clown, comic movements and his own tricks to the dance ...

This is how Clown walk was born, thus, using their great popularity, clowns diverted popularity away from gangs in a more peaceful direction.

Young people have received a way of self-expression in dance, saturated with culture. Subsequently, the prohibition by the US authorities of crip walka, style Crown walk was based, as a synthesis of two names (crip and clown), this dance became a synthesis of clown movements clown walka and style, and the presentation of crip walka.


Crip Walking has many motion variations. However, there are several major versions of the C-Walk that have always been part of the Crips culture:

  • The "V" : This is one of the most important variations of the Crip Walk. In this variation, you need to move your body so that you "draw" the letter "V" with your feet. Creeps usually "write" words or their names with this move. Usually the word "Bloods" is written and then crossed out or "erased".
  • The Heel-Toe : Also one of the most popular C-Walk variations. In this variation, you need to do half-turns with your heels and toes. The tricky part here is doing the "angles" with your feet, for example: your right foot needs to be at a 90 degree angle behind your left foot in order to do a half turn.
  • The Heel-Hop : Another popular version of the Crip Walk. This variation is similar to the Heel-Toe, but it does not require any turns. You simply transfer the support from one foot to the other.
  • The Shuffle : This movement involves shuffling your feet back and forth.

Our time

Crips walk became popular after rap artist Ice-T showed up in front of the cameras in the 1990s. Clown wlak is just a hip-hop dance.

  • Clown walk is usually faster
  • Elements in clow walk are more spectacular and less traditional
  • Clow walk is a dance, not a ritual
  • This is freestyle without the required elements
  • During the dance, a person does not perform actions related to gangster chips

Currently, the dance C-walk is developing, implying a way of expressing one's feelings, emotions, state, but not forgetting the history and soul of the dance. And gangs Crips and Bloods , having many years of development and bloody war among themselves, dividing spheres of influence, signed an unspoken “peace treaty” in 2006.


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All his five years of life Tyomik dreamed of living in a castle. He dreamed so long and diligently that in his mind he had already built this castle - tall, bright, with light blue towers. Tyomik designed every room, every staircase.

Tyomik arranged a large park with fountains, pavilions and flowerbeds for his mother. And also - the kitchen, which itself buys groceries, cooks food and washes dishes - while mom walks in the park. A huge garage was invented for dad, where there were various beautiful cars and even airplanes. The older sister Yulia loved to dance and was engaged in a ballet circle. Tyomik decided that the ballroom would be the best gift for her. And, of course, everyone had their own bedroom, bright, with huge windows from which the park was visible.

Tyomik placed his room at the very top of the tallest tower. This tower was surrounded by a balcony, and a bright balloon with a large basket was tied to the railing - so that you could climb even higher and admire the sky, sea and green forest.

Tyomik dreamed of blue towers at night. And in the morning, when he woke up, he was upset. Because the apartment where he lived with his mother, father and sister did not even resemble a castle. It was a tiny apartment with only one small room. Dad suggested making a separate room for Yulia and Tyomik from the kitchen (nothing that there is no window there, you can screw in brighter bulbs), and move the kitchen into the hallway. But mom said sadly that only a toy stove would fit in their hallway, on which only toy food could be cooked. Therefore, the kitchen was decided to leave in place. And only at night they put a small cot for Yulia there. The cot was just placed between the table and the stove.

So one day dad came home from work. Tired, tired, but happy. He says that on the weekend we will go for a walk in a real castle. He got a family tour from the trade union, and said many more adult and incomprehensible words, to which Tyomik had been accustomed to living in the same apartment with his parents all his life. Of course, it was great news to see which castle they would live in, and maybe even choose a better one. Only my sister refused. She said she was going with friends, but it was not clear where. And Tyomik, until eleven, was still running around the apartment in circles and yelling about some butlers.

These two days lasted a long, long time, and especially the Saturday night. Then Tyomik, even though his parents forbade him, set all the alarm clocks in the house at four o'clock in the morning. It was then, in his opinion, that tomorrow began. Now was the most difficult task - all the alarms must be turned off. With a watch, it’s understandable, I pressed the pimpochka and they fell silent, but with electronic ones and those on the phone? You have to go to the menu, check if the snooze is on, turn off the alarm itself, then still block it, and the rest of the alarms crackled, fell silent and did not think. But finally, all the mechanisms were finished, although my father's phone could not be turned off, and I had to put it under the pillow, where his screeching was almost inaudible. Pretty worn out with the equipment, Tyomik decided to wake up his parents, who, while he was working, were brazenly sleeping. This had to be corrected, so, saddling his father's belly, Tyomik yelled "Paaaaa, it's time to zaaaaamooooook !!!" and began to jump on the poor father, to which he received only a sleepy “Uh-huh” in response. Finally, after three hours of yelling, jumping, a torn pile of my mother's "Kercher" pots, found in a secret place and a hidden box of sweets, everyone was assembled.

A boring and long two-hour road led to the castle. In the windows there were only forests and fields where no one even grazed. No cities, no living creatures, nothing. Road, advertising, traffic jams. Dad sang his favorite road song, consisting of two words “I hate summer residents,” which he sang in every way he knew. But somehow they made it to the castle.

Immediately, my mother bought a mumbling typewriter, which muttered something to itself in a low, low voice. Tyomik listened a little, made sure that she would not say anything interesting, and ran to look at the castle.

Of course, it was beautiful outside, there were also towers, the entrance to which was blocked by a rope, but Tyomik decided that it was possible once and once climbed over all the ropes that he found. There is only one thing bad on the towers - it's high and it's scary to fall. But below, in the moat, goats grazed. Having run along the wall twice, Tyomik saw that his mother and her mumbler had stopped at the third tower, and decided that it was necessary to see the inside of the castle as well. Only it was very cold there. But in one basement there was a dead rat, but as long as you kick it, the parents will not reach the end of the wall.

That's why Tyomik sat down on a bench under the sun and did not notice how he fell asleep.

And he dreamed that he was sitting but in his castle, winter was all around, snow had fallen into the corridors from the windows, the winds howled terribly, it smelled of corpses from the basement, and mother was there, alone in her castle. And dad is alone. And my sister went to the disco, because dancing alone in an empty hall is boring. Lightning strikes right into the roof, scary. And if the floor fails, how far will it fall? And what to play if mom does not call to eat? Tyomik became so sad that he even woke up.

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