Russia’s Adelina Sotnikova hangs mid-air during the ladies’ short programme at the ISU World Team Trophy figure skating in Tokyo in April 2013.
Sporting Kansas City’s C.J Sapong heads the ball past Toronto FC ‘s goalkeeper Joseph Bendik to open the scoring in an MLS soccer game in Toronto on Saturday, September 21, 2013.
Cincinnati cheerleaders reach to catch other cheerleaders after tossing them into the air during the second round of the NCAA men’s college basketball tournament in Spokane, Washington on Thursday, March 20, 2014. Harvard won 61-57.
Local and national mountain bike free-riders took part in the wild and competitive invitational Jump Ship event at Bear Mountain Resort in Victoria B.C. in October 2014. Garrett Buehler throws a ‘no foot can’ off a dirt jump.
Serena Williams celebrates with the trophy after defeating Caroline Wozniacki to win their women’s singles final match on day 14 of the 2014 US Open on September 7, 2014 in New York City.
Lil Buck is a mover and a shaker, the self-titled “ambassador” of Jookin – an intricate footwork dance style. Jookin evolved from Gangsta Walking, popularized on the streets of Memphis TN, about 30 years ago. Lil Buck learned to dance with his sister in his living room, moved onto classical ballet, and then onto street performing in LA. These days, his freestyle footwork impresses onlookers beyond the street.
On stage at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, Lil Buck took four beautifully exaggerated steps in slow motion. He was improvising to a string quartet. The well-heeled audience had probably come for Yo-Yo Ma but they gasped when Lil Buck accomplished a signature move, gliding smoothly across the floor as if levitating. He moved so that the notes seemed to vibrate up his body, his sneakers squeaking as he pirouetted.
“I think he’s a genius,” Mr. Ma said after the show. A video of their duet to Camille Saint-Saëns’s “The Swan” went viral in 2011; they have since performed it around the world — “one of the greatest experiences of my life,” Mr. Ma said.
Two tuxedoed men seem to shatter the laws of physics, forcing time to slow and speed. Their bodies curve in ways that would stagger Newton. Theirs is a playful, gravity-defying dancing duet.
Virgil Gadson bounces and bends as though he has replaced every bone with licorice sticks. And, Julius Chisolm slips across the floor more smoothly than the slide on a trombone.
Improvisation is what they call “their natural science”. Chisholm says, “Music takes control of me. I’ll be chilling, and a beat will come on. I understand life when I’m dancing.”