Charles "Lil Buck" Riley

Movement Artist; Co-Founder, Movement Art Is

Charles “Lil Buck” Riley is a movement artist and co-founder of the nonprofit Movement Arts Is, which aims to break the molds and stereotypes of urban/street dance culture. A career dancer since age 19, he was paired with cellist Yo-Yo Ma to dance to The Dying Swan in 2011, a performance that went viral on YouTube and catapulted his career. He has since performed with elite-level artists including Wynton Marsalis and Madonna, in Cirque du Soleil’s MJ Immortal show, and in several national and international commercials, in addition to choreographing for Disney’s upcoming Nutcracker feature film. Riley is a recipient of a 2014 Wall Street Journal Magazine Innovator Award.

Videos/Audio of Charles "Lil Buck" Riley

The Afternoon of Conversation is the Aspen Ideas Festival's signature event and hosts an audience of 2,000 in the... See more
Are you woke? The Afternoon Jam Session brings together some of the nation’s leading young poets, Jookin’ innovator Lil... See more
Howard Gardner probes the panelists on their own education in the arts and their experiences working in today's schools... See more
Memphis Jookin’ dancer and 2014 Harman-Eisner Artist in Residence Charles “Lil Buck” Riley and ballet dancer and... See more
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Arts Strike is a dialogue between artists, schools and communities first piloted by Yo-Yo Ma and Damian Woetzel in 2010... See more