Alumni Spotlight: Charles 'Lil Buck' Riley Stars in Netflix's Documentary Mini-Series "MOVE"

October 23rd, 2020

Commercial Appeal

Read Full Article from the Commercial Appeal by Bob Mehr.

Lil Buck, the internationally recognized master of the uniquely Memphis street-born dance style known as "jookin," is one of the subjects in a new Netflix documentary series. 

Netflix’s “Move” is a five-part program focusing on choreographers and dancers from around the world. The 32-year-old Lil Buck — born Charles Riley — is featured on the show’s premiere episode, which premiered on the streaming platform Friday. 

Daily Memphian

Read Full Article from Daily Memphian by Elle Perry.

He’s danced in ads for Gap and Apple AirPods and worked with Madonna, Yo-Yo Ma and Mikhail Baryshnikov. Now he’s starring in a new Netflix dance docuseries.

Charles “Lil Buck” Riley is one of the subjects of the streaming service’s “Move” series, which debuts Friday, Oct. 23.

The show profiles dancers and choreographers across the globe, but it’s the Memphis native who is prominently featured on the Netflix landing page for the series. The trailer also opens with Riley speaking, overlaid on video of him walking and dancing on Beale Street. 

Fox 13

Read Full Article from Fox 13 by Amicia Ramsey.

He’s an innovator of the dance style called “Memphis Jookin” and he’s taken it global. Right now, you can watch Charles Riley, better known as Lil Buck, on Netflix.

FOX13 spoke with Katie Smythe, the Artistic Director of New Ballet Ensemble School in Cooper Young where it all started.

Lil Buck is world-renowned for his own style of Memphis Jookin, a dance born on the streets of Memphis.

“It belongs to Memphis," said Smythe. "It is like the Blues. It is a part of our heritage. Like the Rock ‘n’ Roll music that came out of Memphis, it is inherent in our culture.”

Smythe is confident that because Lil Buck remains connected to his Memphis roots, other generations of dancers will be inspired to use dance as an outlet and create.

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