Dance Sensation Lil Buck Teaches Us How to ‘Buck Jump’

[ 0 ] June 29, 2014 |

Lil Buck is one of the hottest names in dance right now. His signature style of street dance called jookin’ has captured the attention of America, and he has performed with artistic legends such as Madonna and Yo-Yo Ma.

WATCH as Lil Buck teaches genConnect’s Baruch Shemtov a few of his hottest dance moves, including “the Buck Jump,” at the 2014 Aspen Ideas Festival:

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Lil Buck at the Aspen Ideas Festival

Charles “Lil Buck” Riley is a Los Angeles-based dancer and occasional model from Memphis, Tenn., who specializes in a style of street dance called jookin’. He gained popularity after director Spike Jonze used his cell phone to record an interpretive performance of “The Dying Swan” by Lil Buck and Yo-Yo Ma. Jonez uploaded the video to YouTube and as of February 2014, it had amassed 2.4 million views. Lil Buck has danced with Madonna during her Super Bowl XLVI halftime show – and later joined her tour as a dancer – has choreographed music videos for hot artists, performed with Yo-Yo Ma again for a performance at the 2011 U.S.-China Forum on the Arts and Culture in Beijing, has modeled for GAP, performed at the TEDxTeen conference in New York and appeared on “The Colbert Report, ” during which he tried to teach Stephen Colbert how to dance.

WATCH Lil Buck talk to Baruch Shemtov of genConnect about where jookin came from and how ballet helped him get his start here

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About Lil Buck: Charles "Lil Buck" Riley is a Los Angeles-based dancer and occasional model from Memphis, Tennessee who specializes in a style of street dance called jookin'. He gained popularity after director Spike Jonze used his cell [...]
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