Charles “Lil Buck” Riley, was born May 25, 1988, in Chicago, IL. While still a small child, he moved with his family to Memphis, TN, where he spent the majority of his youth and adolescence. While growing up in Memphis, Buck was introduced to an urban street dance style called “Memphis Jookin”.
In 2011, Damian Woetzel met Lil Buck and paired him with Yo-Yo Ma in “The Dying Swan” performance that went viral on YouTube after director Spike Jonze used his cell phone to record an interpretive performance.
He has been named “Artist in Residence” at the “2011 Vail International Dance Festival” and has continued to work with Yo-Yo Ma for performances at the 2011 U.S.-China Forum on the Arts and Culture in Beijing. Buck also performed with the Cirque du Soleil show “Michael Jackson: One”, in Las Vegas.
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