Prominent Alumni

Charles "Lil Buck" Riley

At age 17 Charles ‘Lil Buck’ Riley started his dance training at NBE. By age 19 his rise to fame had begun, after a video of the dancer performing New Ballet’s The Swan with cellist Yo-Yo Ma, recorded by director Spike Jonze, went viral. Since then Riley has gone on to perform around the globe. He has toured with Madonna, danced with Wynton Marsalis at Lincoln Center, been featured in publications such as the New York TimesVogue, and Dance Magazine and has made appearances at the Vail International Dance Festival and with New York City Ballet in Les Bosquets . He has been interviewed by Tavis Smiley,  Katie Couric,  Steven Colbert, Winton Marsalis and he received the Wall Street Journal’s 2014 Innovator Award

Maxx Taylor Reed

Maxx Reed is a professional dancer/choreographer from Memphis Tennessee, now based out of New York City, NY.  At the age of fourteen he was put on scholarship at NBE, where he received extensive training in classical ballet and modern styles including Horton, Graham, and Forsyth. During this time he danced with many local hip hop crews, molding his abilities as a street dancer. Reed gained a place in the company and among the teaching staff in 2006 spending the next five years dancing, appearing in roles such as Romeo in Romeo and Juliet and the Rat King, The Hero and The Cavalier in NutRemix. His choreography can be seen on ballet companies, award winning competition studios, music videos, and classes taught across the country.

He has appeared in the ABC TV show Dance War: Bruno vs Carrie Ann, Cats, Westside Story, Jesus Christ Superstar, and Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark. He has also appeared in a live performance with Usher on the 2011 American Music Awards, Michael Jackson film This Is It, the music video for Hold my Hand, commercials for Knott’s Berry Farm and Virgin Mobile, and the music videos for Beyonce’s Who Run the World (Girls), and The Saturdays’ Notorious. Maxx is excited for what the future has to offer and is working to grow and better himself.

More to come!