Lil Buck's impossibly smooth jookin has been making us question the laws of physics for years now. But his new commercial for Apple's AirPod, "Stroll," breaks those laws in a more literal way: It has him grooving up the sides of buildings, along shop windows, and on the underside of theater marquees.
AND on the side of a car. Because of course.
If that sounds vaguely familiar, you're probably remembering Fred Astaire's classic "dancing on the ceiling" routine from the 1951 film Royal Wedding. Basically, "Stroll" takes the Royal Wedding number to the streets. And it's not an exaggeration to say that Lil Buck matches Astaire's level of blithe virtuosity. The ad's tagline is "practically magic"; we don't know much about the AirPods, but when it comes to the dancing, we'd suggest doing away with the "practically." It's magic, straight up.
(The song, by the way, is Marian Hill's "Down," which we have a feeling you'll be hearing alllll over the comp circuit in three...two...one...)
(From left) Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland (all photos by Erin Baiano)
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In our "Dear Katie" series, Miami City Ballet soloist Kathryn Morgan answers your pressing dance questions. Have something you want to ask Katie? Email email@example.com for a chance to be featured!
When I sit with the soles of my feet together, my knees easily touch the floor, and most exercises to improve turnout are easy for me. But when I'm actually dancing, my turnout is terrible, especially on my standing leg. Why doesn't my flexibility translate to turnout?
The dark, deeply personal video is Yang's coming-out moment. We see Yang being rejected by his family, condemned by a preacher, and attacked by a hostile mob after attempting to express himself as a gay man. Though not a professional dancer (as we found out in "The Try Guys Try Ballet"), Yang is a gifted mover; he choreographed the project himself, and gathered a group of talented performers to bring the story to life.