Belly – Ballerina


The ultimate fusion. Haute Couture x Ballet x Memphis Jooking x Hip-Hop.
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Immersed in the abstract world of high fashion, dancers Lil Buck and Jessica Keller fuse two very different styles of dance into one stunning display of artistic virtuosity. Lil Buck blurs the line between ballet and hip-hop with his athletic take on Memphis Jooking. While Jessica Keller personifies the perfection of the ballet art form.

Q: What is this?
A: The Dance Video is the New Music Video. ARTIST REQUEST merges music artists with industry leading choreographers and dancers to create videos that captivate the new generation of music fans. This episode of ARTIST REQUEST was directed and edited by David Javier.

Q: Who are Lil Buck and Jessica Keller?
A: Charles “Lil Buck” Riley is a Los Angeles-based dancer and occasional model from Memphis, Tennessee who specializes in a style of street dance called jookin’. He gained popularity after director Spike Jonze used his cell phone to record an interpretive performance of “The Dying Swan” by Lil Buck and Yo-Yo Ma. Lil Buck has also worked with many fashion companies including Rag & Bone (for whom he collaborated in a video with the legendary Mikhail Baryshnikov), Versace, and Karporal.
Popularly known to Disney Channel fans as Struts in the Teen Beach Movie franchise, Jessica Keller is a professional dancer and choreographer. Keller has appeared on “Dancing With The Stars,” and evenlanded a notable role in the feature film “The Adjustment Bureau” in 2011.

Q: Who is Belly?
A:Ahmad Balshe, better known by his stage name Belly, is a Palestinian Canadian Juno Award-winning rapper. Born in Jenin, Palestine, his musical career has been based in Ottawa, Ontario. In addition to a Juno, he has won three MuchMusic Video Awards and has twice attained a top chart position in the National MuchMusic Countdown. Belly has written many #1 and platinum gold/hits for other artists. His stage name of Belly/Rebellyus was derived from the term “rebellious.” He has worked with the likes of Snoop Dogg, Travis Scott, Juelz Santana, French Montana, and The Weeknd.

Director/Editor – David Javier – @davidgjavier
Dancer – Lil Buck – @lilbuckdalegend
Dancer – Jessica Keller – @jkell30
Music – Belly – @reBELLYus
Costume Design – Marco Marco – @marcosquared
Costume Design: Ashton Michael – @ashtonmichael

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Music: Ballerina by Belly
Directed and Edited by: David Javier
Executive Producer: Carly Casey
Dancers: Lil Buck, Jessica Keller
VP, Production: Shannon Owen
Production Manager: Shaena Nalani
Production Coordinator: Marisa Acevedo
Costume Designer: Marco Marco, Ashton Michael
Hair & Makeup: Diana Kazandjian
Key Grip: Trent Turner
Assistant Camera: Tom Meredith
Gaffer: Ionel Diaconescu
Key Set PA: Galang Stro
Music Partnerships: Erica Forster & Jason Cienkus

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