He’s Baryshnikov in sneakers, Jean-Michel Basquiat for the dance world. He’s Charles ‘Lil Buck’ Riley, a phenom in an obscure Memphis variant of hiphop dance called jookin who’s vaulted into the cultural stratosphere as smoothly as he spins on his sneaker-clad toes. Buddy and collaborator with Madonna and Yo-Yo Ma. Star of Youtube and New York City Ballet galas.
And all smiles on his first visit to Miami earlier this week, where on Tuesday morning Riley was teaching a master class in jookin for YoungArts, demonstrating an unlikely combination of joyful attitude and grace. "In jookin we like to show off – yo, check out the kicks, I know you don’t got em!" a ...
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