Tragic news out of Jamaica. Dancehall performer Roxanna "Bumpa" Evans died after attempting a "Chuck Tru" dance move at a competition with a $3500 prize.
The failed move was caught on tape. (You can watch it here.)
Evans is seen balancing on her head while her dance partner Momo aligns her opened legs so Evans could leap through. Unfortunately, Momo landed on Evans, breaking her neck on impact.
Stacy Xpressionz, who created the Chuck Tru move, cautioned others against attempting it.
“I’ve seen other dancers attempt it and land on their hands, back and head and seriously injure themselves. As you know, one dancer would go on their head and the other one would ‘chuck tru’ their legs and land. But what some people try to do is flick (flip) instead ’cause it’s easier. The thing is, it looks easy, but when you’re about to attempt it, you will see that it’s not really easy. You need to know the right techniques and you need a lot of space before you jump. The truth is, me and Shelly (Callum, the other co-creator) have never seen anybody execute the move properly,” she told the Jamaica Observer.
Evans was 27. RIP.