Lil Buck

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Age 35
Birthday May 251988
Birth Sign Gemini
City Tennessee
Country United States
Profession Dancer

Lil Buck is a famous Dancer, born on May 25, 1988 in United States. As of December 2022, Lil Buck’s net worth is $5 Million. In 2013, he performed in Cirque du Soleil’s Michael Jackson: One show and also appeared in a GQ photo spread.

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Lil Buck Biography

Best known for his viral “Dying Swan” video (in which he danced to music performed by the renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma), this popular street dancer became famous for his collaboration with Damian Woetzel. Charles “Lil Buck” Riley (born May 25, 1988) is an American dancer, actor and model from Memphis, Tennessee 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. Jonze uploaded the video to YouTube and as of November 2015, it had amassed over three million views..

Born Charles Riley in Chicago, Illinois, he grew up in Memphis, Tennessee with seven siblings.

Lil Buck moved to Los Angeles when he was 19 to pursue a career in dance. In 2010, he appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and co-choreographed the music video for the song “Tightrope” by Janelle Monáe.

Ethnicity, religion & political views

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Aside from working with Woetzel and Yo-Yo Ma, Lil Buck danced for Madonna during her Super Bowl XLVI halftime show after winning the “Dance for Madonna Smirnoff Nightlife Exchange Competition”. He eventually joined The MDNA Tour as one of 22 dancers. Due to all of his accomplishments during the year, Dance Spirit magazine named him one of “The Most Influential People of 2011”.

Lil Buck Net Worth

Lil Buck is one of the richest Dancer & listed on most popular Dancer. According to our analysis, Wikipedia, Forbes & Business Insider, Lil Buck‘s net worth $5 Million.

Net Worth $5 Million
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Source of Income Dancer
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House Living in own house.

After gaining his skills in the dance styles Memphis Jookin, hip hop, and some classical training in Ballet, he moved to Los Angeles. Early in his career, he choreographed R&B singer Janelle Monae‘s “Tightrope” music video.

Aside from working with Woetzel and Yo-Yo Ma, Lil Buck danced for Madonna during her Super Bowl XLVI halftime show after winning the “Dance for Madonna Smirnoff Nightlife Exchange Competition”. He eventually joined The MDNA Tour as one of 22 dancers. Due to all of his accomplishments during the year, Dance Spirit magazine named him one of “The Most Influential People of 2011”.

After “The Swan” performance, Woetzel’s professional relationship with Lil Buck continued. Woetzel invited Lil Buck to be the artist in residence at the 2011 Vail International Dance Festival. He paired Lil Buck with Yo-Yo Ma again for a performance at the 2011 U.S.-China Forum on the Arts and Culture in Beijing. Lil Buck was the first person in his family to travel outside of the United States. His trip was documented in a short independent film titled Lil Buck Goes to China. The film was directed by Ole Schell who is the son of Orville Schell, an American journalist based in China who organized the forum in Beijing. After his trip, Lil Buck was photographed by Bruce Weber for an interview in the Spring 2011 issue of VMAN magazine.

In 2011, director and former ballet dancer Damian Woetzel met Lil Buck and paired him with Yo-Yo Ma in “The Swan” performance that went viral on YouTube. Woetzel heard about Lil Buck from his wife Heather Watts who saw an old YouTube video clip of Lil Buck freestyle dancing to Camille Saint-Saëns’ Le cygne (The Swan) in a New Ballet Ensemble (NBE) school performance in West Memphis, Arkansas. NBE director Katie Smythe introduced Buck to Saint-Saëns’ music and the idea of applying jookin’ to classical music. Watts showed the clip to her husband Woetzel who then showed the clip to Yo-Yo Ma. They all eventually met by using Facebook to contact Katie Smythe (Lil Buck’s ballet teacher) who facilitated the introduction.

Who is Lil Buck dating?

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Lil Buck spent most of 2013 dancing in the Cirque du Soleil show Michael Jackson: One. He modeled men’s clothing in an 8-page spread in GQ magazine titled “How to Kick Your Jeans Habit”. He also appeared on The Colbert Report and spoke at the Aspen Ideas Festival.

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Facts & Trivia

Ranked on the list of most popular Dancer. Also ranked in the elit list of famous celebrity born in United States. Lil Buck celebrates birthday on May 25 of every year.

Lil Buck performed with Yo-Yo Ma a third time at an event directed by Woetzel and held at (Le) Poisson Rouge in New York City. He and his cousin Ron “Prime Tyme” Myles eventually won a Bessie Award for this performance. Later in the year, Lil Buck made the August 2013 cover of Dance magazine and briefly appeared in the Spike Jonze film Her as a busker/dancer.

What does jookin mean?

Jookin is a style of dance that evolved from styles like Gangsta Walking, Buckin, Ticking, Bovan Dance has been in the culture of Memphis for more than 30 years, it’s a part of the music and the lifestyle of the city.

How old is Lil Buck?

34 years (May 25, 1988)

Who created Memphis Jookin?

Memphis native Marico “Dr. Rico” Flake is one of the most influential dancers and teachers in urban dance, especially known for helping develop and promote Memphis Jookin, a street style that carries the spirit of the Blues City.

What is little bucks real name?

Charles “Lil Buck” Riley, was born May 25, 1988, in Chicago, IL. At an early age, his family moved to Memphis, TN, where he spent the majority of his youth and adolescence.

What is the gangster walk called?

Gangsta Walking (often referred to as: G-Walk , Buckin, Tickin, Jookin, or Choppin) is a street dance that originated in African-American communities in Memphis, Tennessee alongside “Buck” music during the 1990s.

In March 2014, Lil Buck performed at the TEDxTeen conference in New York City. In April, he appeared in another Jacob Sutton dance film sponsored by Diesel and he danced in the New York City Ballet’s Spring premiere which was choreographed by artist JR and scored by musician Woodkid. Lil Buck was a guest judge on season 11 of So You Think You Can Dance. He performed in the opening credits for Spike Lee’s 2014 film, Da Sweet Blood of Jesus.

In May, Lil Buck performed in Versailles with dancers from Benjamin Millepied’s ballet company. Afterward, he went on tour with Madonna again to promote her album Rebel Heart. In a continuation of his interest in modern dance, Lil Buck appeared in a three-and-a-half minute rag & bone commercial with the classical dance artist Mikhail Baryshnikov. He modeled for French jeans retailer Kaporal and partnered with Versace to create a line of sneakers exclusively available online and at Versace’s New York City store. Due to his accomplishments, he made the November 2015 cover of the Wall Street Journal’s “Innovators Issue”.

In 2016, Lil Buck collaborated with dancer Jon Boogz and artist Alexa Meade to create “Color of Reality”, a video addressing gun violence. The New York Times likened the video to “…van Gogh — that is, if one of his paintings were brought to life as a performative protest.”

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