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We close each day on a positive note with our Celebrate Love posts. So

as the 2011 year comes to a close, we wanted to end it with our favorite

Love stories of the year. We culled through the stories that were

shared the most on Facebook, and chose our fav 5 stories from the list.

We will be featuring a post everyday this week, in no particular order.

Today we have “Yo-Yo Ma Shows Love for Lil’ Buck’s Brand of Street Dance” bringing together our love for dance, hip-hop and classical music. We

love that our readers love our Celebrate Love series as much as we do.

Enjoy!

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#3 Yo-Yo Ma Shows Love for Lil’ Buck’s Brand of Street Dance
By Thoai Lu

An audience of over 100 grade school students at Los Angeles’s Inner City Arts got a big treat recently

when world famous cellist Yo-Yo Ma teamed up with locally-based dancer

Charles Riley for a rendition of “The Dying Swan.” In the performance,

Ma uses his high-brow style of performance to provide the soundtrack for

Riley’s style of interpretive urban dance. The two offered up their

talents in order to highlight the need for more government-sponsored

arts programs. You can see the whole thing in the video that’s above.

Ma, a Presidential Media of Freedom Award Recipient, is already world

renowned. But LA-based Charles Riley, known by his stage name Lil’

Buck, is just starting to make a name on the national scene.  The

twenty-two-year old is the 2011 Vail International Dance

Festival’s Artist-in-Residence and does a style of dance known as

“jookin’ ”, which originated in his hometown of Memphis, Tennessee. He

also taught the kids how a Michael Jackson-style moonwalk as Ma played

Jackson’s “Billie Jean.”

“All the things that they talk about

these days, with where our country is going – we need an innovative and

knowledge work force,” Ma  told Southern California Public Radio.

“The best way to build innovation and creative imagination — and the

most efficient way to do it — is actually by movement, visualizing,

sound.”

“We can build community like nothing else,” Ma continued. “All it takes is imagination, attention and empathy – that we care.”

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