There’s been a lot of buzz lately about the jook dancer Lil’ Buck, especially now that he’s seemingly everywhere in the media. His most recent appearance on the Colbert Report only added to his ever-expanding fan base.
Inspired by the popularity of Lil’ Buck, Sally Sommer wrote an article in Dance Magazine back in January that describes the years of cross-pollination between hip-hop and ballet while reflecting on the question, “Is hip-hop going classical?” Ultimately, she concludes that hip-hop has long had the fluidity and suspension that makes for graceful dance, though recognition of such is only just becoming more mainstream.
So, here we present, alongside one another, a video of Anna Pavlova’s original interpretation of the Dying Swan and Lil’ Buck’s version (which now has over 2 million YouTube views), accompanied by the famous cellist Yo-Yo Ma. You be the judge of which is more graceful.