Thomas “Tommy the Clown” Johnson became the pioneer of an inspirational dance movement known as “Clowning” and turned a popular form of birthday party entertainment into a worldwide phenomenon. He created a dance crew called the “Hip Hop Clowns” that he would hire to perform with him at the parties. Tommy’s rules were simple: No gangs, No drugs, Do well in school (grades, attendance and behavior) and be a role model by living a positive lifestyle at all times.
Tommy’s dance craze caught the attention of award-winning director and photographer, David LaChapelle who was compelled to film this amazing movement. LaChapelle directed the documentary feature, “Rize”.