My friend Kena Herod got me reminiscing about all of the African American dancers I admire with her recent post about Black History Month and the impact Arthur Mitchell’s Dance Theatre of Harlem had on dance in America. When a work of art, whether it is a piece of music, a painting, a sculpture, poem or dance, really gets to me it literally raises the goosebumps on my arms.

I can’t remember when I first saw Lil Buck dance (I’ve never seen him in person, sadly), but every time I watch a video I am stunned. Here he dances to The Dying Swan, typically danced by a ballerina in a tutu on pointe shoes. Watch Lil Buck’s hands, so relaxed, the control he has over his body. And watch his gorgeous face. Lil Buck’s interpretation of Mikhail Fokine’s dance, which he choreographed for ballerina Anna Pavlova to Camille Saint-Saëns’s cello solo in 1905, is my definition of breathtaking.

This is for you Kena Herod. Kena’s post is here:

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