Lil Buck, the Bessie Award winning performer, mastered the local dance tradition of Jookin from the streets of Memphis. Nicknamed “street ballet” for good reason, Lil Buck has become a rising star in the dance world, having performed in ads by the likes of Louis Vuitton and Apple. His latest venture invited renowned film director Vernie Yeung to capture his unique airborne dance routine.
In Memphis, Jookin is a fact of everyday life. For Lil Buck to stand out from the crowd, he had to branch out from Jookin into such varied disciplines as ballet, gymnastics, and later classical music and world dance to create a completely novel amalgam of physical expression. His talent has also led to performances for Yo-Yo Ma, Spike Jonze and Madonna, bringing his one-of-a-kind ”street ballet” to a global stage. Lil Buck’s journey is much like the unchanging innovation behind the 30-year history of Air Max, which has progressed from a minuscule Visible Air window into the fully-fledged VaporMax technology.
Lil Buck by Vernie Yeung
Don’t Miss the 2018 Bessie Awards (34TH Annual NY Dance and Performance Bessie Awards) Monday, October 8 7:30pm at NYU’s Skirball Center For The Performing Arts.