Lil Buck's New Video Will Inspire You
Lil Buck is on fire this year. From performing onstage with New York City Ballet to dancing in Nicole Scherzinger’s latest music video and appearing as a guest judge last week on "So You Think You Can Dance,” he's everywhere—consistently pushing and blurring boundaries between dance worlds.
One with nature: A still from Lil Buck's new video.
Recently, the Memphis jooker has done it again, this time taking us to an edge of a waterfall in a spectacularly beautiful new dance video. In the film, Buck cites Bruce Lee as one of his biggest inspirations: “Through martial arts, he created his own style. He broke the rules because he wasn’t afraid. Neither am I.”
Buck's brilliant musicality and inventive movements perfectly embody both the lyrical quality of the video's score (by LP) and the sounds of the waterfall behind him. It's truly an inspirational clip—which may just be the point. The video is a small segment of "The Talent Show," a new TV series hosted by Sol Guy (who's also a collaborator on this video). According to music website Pigeons and Planes, the new series (airing this fall) will be “a mash-up of pop culture and current events, taking us on a global journey of discovery.” Sounds pretty cool! Take a look at the video:
In addition to training, competing and winning titles in just about every style you can think of, 13-year-old Kaylee Quinn is a regular on the sci-fi drama "Stitchers," playing the younger version of the show's main character. Her path in dance hasn't been without challenges, though. Last summer, Kaylee won the Hope Award at her regional Youth America Grand Prix, but wasn't sure she'd be able to compete at the NYC finals due to a broken foot. Patience paid off: With her doctor's blessing, Kaylee danced her variations in flat shoes and won the gold medal.
Week 2 of Misty Copeland as guest judge, week 2 of merciless cuts...How can the final episodes of "World of Dance" possibly live up to the sheer dramaaaaaaaaa of last night's episode? Well, based on the nail-biting results dished out by Copeland and Co. last night, the competition is only going to get fiercer from here. Without further ado, last night's results, as told by Kween Misty.
Every ballet dancer knows the time, sweat, and occasional tears the art form demands. But many non-dancers are clueless about just how much work a ballet dancer puts into perfecting his or her dancing. So when the mainstream crowd recognizes our crazy work ethic, we'll accept the round of applause any way it comes—even if it comes via four men in tutus. Yep, we're talking about "The Try Guys Try Ballet" video.
We've said it before and we'll say it again: New York City Ballet principal Sara Mearns is some SERIOUS #goals. Her strength and power onstage borders on superhuman. But what's extra magical about Mearns is that she really puts in the fitness and cross-training work outside of the rehearsal studio. And she's overcome her fair share of injuries. Which is why she was the perfect source for Vogue's latest ballet fitness story.