Memphian To Meet: Jookin’ Superstar Lil Buck

Posted by Holly Whitfield | June 7th 2019 868 0

Jookin’ is a uniquely Memphis style of dance, and performer Lil Buck is sharing that style and his passion for Memphis with the world.

Photo by Leah Gafni

Though born in Chicago, he was raised in Memphis and studied at the New Ballet Ensemble school here in town, where he first began to pair the jookin’ style with classical music.

He went viral in 2011 when director Spike Jonze posted a YouTube video of Lil Buck performing his interpretation of The Dying Swan ballet with famed cellist Yo-Yo Ma. It’s just a cell phone video, but it’s incredibly powerful.

Since then, Lil Buck has appeared in countless magazines, televisions shows, music videos, and events. He toured with Madonna, performed at the Super Bowl, and choreographed for a Janelle Monáe video. He was the featured dancer in Apple’s 2017 AirPod launch commercial. This is just a short list of his accomplishments and creative work so far.

The best part? Lil Buck still loves and reps his hometown. Check out what he has to say about the city and how Memphis inspired him.

Learn more about Lil Buck and follow his social media here.


Author: Holly Whitfield

I write about what’s going on with Memphis music, food, arts, events, sports, people, and culture. Memphians love Elvis and barbeque with a passion that must be seen to be believed, but there is so much more to this place.

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