Sunday 24 February 2013

Lil Buck

Lil Buck? Jookin'? Do I live on the moon? I keep joking about living a sheltered life but sometimes I wonder. I seem to have no idea of what's going on.

Charles Riley aka Lil Buck is a 23 year old dancer from Memphis, Tennessee who practises "jookin'", a street dance that originated in Memphis. Stephen Colbert had Buck as a guest on February 21, 2013 and this young man is quite the dancer and an original one at that. He may have started out dancing in the streets but according to his own story, his dancing caught the attention of a professional ballet instructor who managed to make some interesting introductions. Below is a video of Lil Buck dancing while none other than Yo-Yo Ma. That is quite the collaboration. Buck was a backup dancer for Madonna at the 2012 Superbowl halftime show and was part of her MDNA tour. He has danced on The Ellen Show and appeared in a few music videos. Lil Buck's star is rising. You watch a couple videos of this guy dancing and you know you are watching a very original talent. It's poetic. It's ballet.

Uploaded on Apr 11, 2011 by OpeningCeremonyNY
Opening Ceremony Blog Exclusive - Spike Jonze Presents: Lil Buck and Yo-Yo Ma
Lil Buck performs with Yo-Yo Ma.


Wikipedia: Lil Buck
Lil Buck (born Charles Riley) is an American dancer. He was the artist in residence at the 2011 Vail International Dance Festival.

Wikipedia: Gangsta Walking
Gangsta Walking (often referred to as G-Walk , Buckin, Buck Jump , Jookin, Rollin, Reading, Raping, or Choppin) is a street dance that originated in Memphis, Tennessee alongside "Buck" music during the 1990s.

The Colbert Report - Thursday, February 21, 2013
A rumor links Chuck Hagel to a made-up Islamic group, for-profit incarceration teams up with football, MTV cons BET Twitter fans, and Lil Buck explains jookin.
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Published on Jan 24, 2013 by Ole Schell
Lil Buck Goes to China
A twenty minute documentary by Ole Schell about the life of Lil Buck the dancer and his trip to perform in Beijing with Yo-Yo Ma and Meryl Streep as part of US-China Forum on the Arts and Culture. Featuring performances by Lil Buck, Yo-Yo Ma and Meryl Streep. Music by Yo-Yo Ma, Memphis Rapper Young Jai, Beijing Rapper Young Kin and genre-defying string quartet Brooklyn Rider. Watch as Lil Buck dances his way across Beijing and the great wall!


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