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Charles “Lil Buck” Riley, was born May 25, 1988, in Chicago, IL. While still a small child, he moved with his family to Memphis, TN, where he spent the majority of his youth and adolescence. While growing up in Memphis, Buck was introduced to an urban street dance style called “Memphis Jookin”. Always loving to dance, Charles became a great local dancer, being involved in groups such as “Subculture Royalty” and studied ballet at “New Ballet Ensemble”. At 17, after hooking up with local rapper/producer, Jai Armmer, he appeared in several personal dance videos to be feature on Youtube and a locally produced Jookin DVD series called Memphis Jookin Vol.1, 2 and more. After he surpassed all that Memphis could offer, Lil Buck moved to Los Angeles when he was 19, to pursue a career. Since then, the sky has been the limit. He’s worked on projects with Janelle Monáe, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, performed with Madonna during her Super Bowl XLVI halftime show and later joined her MDNA Tour. In 2011, Damian Woetzel met Lil Buck and paired him with Yo-Yo Ma in “The Dying Swan” performance that went viral on YouTube after director Spike Jonze used his cell phone to record an interpretive performance. He has been named “Artist in Residence” at the “2011 Vail International Dance Festival” and has continued to work with Yo-Yo Ma for performances at the 2011 U.S.-China Forum on the Arts and Culture in Beijing.
Buck just wrapped up a 9 month contract in the Cirque du Soleil show “Michael Jackson: One”, in Las Vegas. And now in 2014, is scheduled to be all over the place showing his skills for the world to see.