When most dancers think of The Dying Swan, we think of Anna Pavlova (image below), Natalia Makarova, or even “Maya Thickenthighya” of Les Ballets Trocadero (video) doing bourrées across the stage to Camille Saint-Saëns’s cello solo “Le Cygne”.
Now here’s a version that you’ve probably never seen or even heard of before.
Dying Swan Jookin’ Style
This version of “The Swan” is performed by street dancer and member of Dance Magazine’s “25 Dancers to Watch”, Charles “Lil Buck” Riley. Lil Buck is a native of Memphis, Tennessee and is recognized for dancing a style known as Jookin’, which also has its origins in Memphis.
While, there’s something vaguely familiar about Jookin’, with Lil Buck’s technique, flexibility, and floating dance style, the result is pure magic.
Check out the video below of Charles “Lil Buck” Riley performing the Dying Swan to music by Camille Saint-Saens.
Video: Vail International Dance Festival 2011
More Amazing Videos of Lil Buck
- Lil Buck in a film by Jacob Sutton: http://vimeo.com/46491171
- Lincoln Center: Lil Buck & Prime Tyme – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=83lQ03zYjbY
- Lil Buck on The Colbert Report: http://www.colbertnation.com/the-colbert-report-videos/424069
- Jookin’ in Beijing: New Yorker Magazine – http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/evanosnos/2013/02
- DanseTrack: Street Dance & HipHop