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Lil' C

This article is about the American dancer. For the American record producer Cordale Quinn, see Grand Hustle Records#In-house producers.
Lil' C
Birth name Christoper A. Toler
Origin Los Angeles, California
Genres Krumping, Hip-hop
Occupations Dancer, choreographer
Years active 2001–present

Christopher "Lil' C" Toler is an American dancer and choreographer best known for the dance style of krumping and for his choreography and judging on the TV show So You Think You Can Dance. In 2005 he appeared as himself in the krumping documentary Rize. Since appearing in the film he has danced for several musical artists including Missy Elliott, Fall Out Boy, and Madonna, and was cast as a featured dancer in the 2007 art exhibit Slow Dancing. He continues to serve as a guest judge and choreographer on the ninth season of So You Think You Can Dance.

Career

Lil' C has appeared in music videos for artists such as Jennifer Lopez, Ciara, Missy Elliott, Christina Millian, Sean Paul, Fall Out Boy, Gwen Stefani, Se7en, and Madonna.[1] He has also choreographed for television programs and movies including Be Cool, Bones, the 2007 Teen Choice Awards, the 2007 NAACP Image Awards, and Bring It On Again.[1] Other television credits include The 50th Annual Grammy Awards, VH1 Big in 06 Awards, and the 2005 American Music Awards.[2] He also appeared in the films Stomp the Yard (2007), Center Stage: Turn It Up (2008),[2] and You Got Served: Beat the World (2012).

Lil' C was featured in the 2005 documentary Rize, a film that documents the history of the krumping and clowning dance styles from Los Angeles.[3] Along with Ceasare "Tight Eyez" Willis he is credited with developing krumping. However the truth later came out that it was in fact Tight Eyez and Jo'Artis "Big Mijo" Ratti that started krumping and Lil' C had nothing to do with it in the beginning.[4]

Since 2006, Lil' C has been a judge and choreographer on the Fox reality dance competition So You Think You Can Dance. His critiques on the show are characterized as being winding, elaborate, and verbose analysis of the dancers' performances. He choreographed one dance routine in season two, season four, season six, and season seven, and two routines in season three. Although he has not choreographed any dance numbers since season seven, he has still served as a guest judge. He has also choreographed for So You Think You Can Dance Canada. He choreographed two routines for the first season and another routine for the second season.

In 2007, Lil' C was cast in the David Michalek traveling exhibit Slow Dancing, "a series of 43 larger-than-life, hyper-slow-motion video portraits of dancers and choreographers from around the world, displayed on multiple screens. Each [dancer]'s movement (approximately 5 seconds long) was shot on a specially constructed set using a high-speed, high-definition camera recording at 1,000 frames per second (standard film captures 24 frames per second). The result is approximately 10 minutes of extreme slow motion."[5] The exhibit has traveled to New York City, Los Angeles, Toronto, Venice, and London.

In 2010, Lil' C appeared in the second season of Dance Your Ass Off as a guest judge.[6] He also played the character Z in the web series The Legion of Extraordinary Dancers.

References

External links

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