Jumping For Joy: Lil Buck Featuring Joan Smalls

Lil Buck rose to fame, as so many people do these days, with an internet moment. If you go to YouTube, you can find it: Yo-Yo Ma at an arts benefit in Los Angeles. Lil Buck has often been described as a 21st-century dancer, and like a viral phenomenon, there is something modern and platform-agnostic about his style; it works before an art-world audience or among school kids or on TV.

WSJ-Magazine-Innovators-Daniel-Jackson-01“I strongly believe dance has its own power.”

1114_WSJ_LBJ_01_PU_2“I didn’t really have that natural feel when I first got into it, I just jumped into it, trying crazy things.”

1114-WSJ-LBJ-06-PU2“I jump inside of the music. I mess with the tempo. You know how with an equalizer, you can see the music go up and down? That’s what I do. Being a vessel for sound. You see that in my body.”


1114_WSJ_LBJ_09_PU_2“I want younger guys to come up to me and, ‘Man, I’ll battle you one day. I’m going to get you.’ I’m like, “I hope so! That means you’ve got to go harder than I went. And I’m still going hard. So good luck with that!’ ”


Source: WSJ Magazine

Fact: Lil Buck choreographed music video “Tightrope” by Janelle Monae. Served as a judge on the show So You Think You Can Dance. Toured with Madonna in Tel Aviv. Performed with Cirque du Soleil in a Michael Jackson-inspired show.