Lil Buck

  • Aired:  02/21/13
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Lil Buck describes a Memphis street dance called jookin and teaches Stephen the beginner bug jump. (4:52)

EVERYBODY.

MY GUEST TONIGHT IS A FORMER STREET PERFORMER WHO WENT ON TO DANCE WITH YOYOMA IN CHINA.

PLEASE WELCOME LIL BUCK!

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

THANKS FOR COMING ON.

NICE TO MEET YOU.

>> NICE TO MEET YOU, TOO.

>> Stephen: CAN I CALL BUCK?

>> CALL ME, BUCK, MAN.

>> Stephen: HEY, BUCK.

I CAUGHT YOUR MOVES ON YOUTUBE.

>> YOU WATCHED MY VIDEO.

>> Stephen: I WATCHED LITTLE BUCK GOES TO -- LIL BUCK GOES TO CHINA.

>> CHINESE MOVES.

>> Stephen: I'VE GOT MY OWN MOVES.

>> OKAY.

>> Stephen: YOU STARTED OFF AS A STREET PERFORMER DOING SOMETHING CALLED JOOKIN.

>> IT'S LIKE BOOK BUT WITH A J.

>> Stephen: JOOKIN.

FOR PEOPLE NOT AS HIP ORFULLY AS ME, WHAT IS JOOKIN.

>> WE CALL IT MRS. JOOKIN BECAUSE IT ORIGINATED ALMOST 30 YEARS IN MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE

THERE IT STARTED WITH A LINE DANCE CALLED A GANG IS IT A WALK.

>> Stephen: WHAT IS THAT?

>> THEY CALL THOUGHT BECAUSE A LOT OF PEOPLE LIKE FROM THE URBAN NEIGHBORHOODS OR FROM THE

HOOD OR, UM, THEY USED TO A -- IT WAS LIKE A CONFIDENT LINE DANCE.

MIND IF YOU SHOW YOU?

>> Stephen: NO, PLEASE.

>> SO THE GANG IS IT A WALK WAS LIKE A -- GANGSTER WALK YOU SEE IT IN CRYSTAL PALACE.

WE USED TO GO TO SKATING RINKS WHEN WE WERE YOUNGER.

IT'S LIKE A CONFIDENT STEP.

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

GANG STER WALKING EVOLVED TO JOOKIN.

THEY CALL IT THAT BECAUSE A LOT OF PEOPLE DID IT.

IT WAS LIKE A SORE ERRORITY LINE.

IF YOU INTERRUPTED OR WALKED THROUGH IT IT WAS LIKE --

>> Stephen: WOW.

SO IT'S LIKE WEST SIDE STORY SITUATION WHERE YOU ARE -- GANGS FIGHTING WITH DANCING.

>> WITHOUT THE ANY OFS, OF COURSE.

>> Stephen: THE DANCING ITSELF IS SO SHARP.

[ LAUGHTER ]

THIS IS INCREDIBLE.

YOU'VE TAKEN THIS TO ANOTHER LEVEL.

SOMEONE SAW YOU WHO WAS IN THE BALLET WORLD.

HOW DID YOU GET DISCOVERED BY CLASSICAL DANCER?

>> I GOT DISCOVERED BECAUSE I USED TO BE A PART OF A GROUP CALLED SUB CULTURE ROYALTY AND

WE USED TO PRACTICE IN A BALLET STUDIO CALLED NEW BALLET ENSEMBLE IN SCHOOLS IN MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE.

WHEN WE WERE REHEARSING THERE THE BALLET INSTRUCTOR WAS ALSO THERE.

WE WERE REHEARSING THE HIP-HOP.

I WAS DOING HIP-HOP AND JOOKIN.

THERE'S A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THEM.

>> Stephen: YOU DON'T HAVE TO TELL ME, I KNOW THAT.

>> OF COURSE.

THE TEACHER SAW ME SPINNING ON MY TOES.

I DID FOUR SPINS, PROBABLY FIVE, SIX, SEVEN, EIGHT -- SHE SAW ME AND SAID I HAVE TO GIVE THIS KID

A SCHOLARSHIP AND PUT HIM IF A CLASS.

WE WERE JUST REHEARSING THERE.

I WAS LIKE I DON'T KNOW BALLET.

THE FIRST THING THAT CAME TO MIND WAS TIGHTS?

NO.

AND THEN -- BUT --

>> Stephen: THEY SAID YOU DON'T HAVE TO WEAR THE TIGHTS.

>> YEAH.

>> Stephen: NOW THERE'S THIS VIDEO.

YOU WENT OVER TO CHINA WITH YO YO MA.

>> YES.

>> Stephen: TO DANCE AMONG OTHER THINGS SWAN LAKE AND MERYL STREEP, TOO.

>> I LOVE HER.

>> Stephen: DOES SHE JOOK?

>> NOW SHE DOES.

MERRILL STREEP A BIG FAN OF IT.

IT WAS AWESOME GOING TO CHINA.

IT WAS AMAZING.

THEY REALLY TAKE IT IN.

THEY REALLY LOVED IT.

MERYL STREEP SHE LEARNED BUG JUMPER, TOO.

>> Stephen: WHAT IS BUG JUMPER 2?

>> NO, TOO.

YOU WANT TO TRY IT.

>> Stephen: I'LL TRY IT.

WHAT IS IT?

>> LET ME SHOW YOU.

THIS IS BEGINNER BUG JUMP.

IT'S LIKE YOU THINK KNEE UP.

YOU WANT YOUR CHEST TO MEET YOUR KNEE.

NOT TOO MUCH YOU KNOW BUT ONE, TWO, THREE, FOUR AND THAT'S IT.

>> Stephen: ONE, TWO, THREE FOUR.

>> AMAZING!

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

>> NOW OOZE YOUR HANDS LIKE PUPPET MASTERS AND THESE ARE YOUR PUPPETS.

GO ONE, TWO, THROW, FOUR.

>> Stephen: ONE, TWO, THREE, FOUR.

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

>> ALL RIGHT.

NOW DO YOU IT.

NOW YOU CAN DO IT.

>> Stephen: DID YOU DO SOMETHING FOR US?

>> ABSOLUTELY!

>> Stephen: LISTEN.

WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK FOR A PERFORMANCE BY LIL

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