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Dance Heals All Wounds

Jon Boogz and Lil Buck dance in purple light.
Tim Salaz

When Jon Boogz was street dancing on Venice Beach, he never dreamed that one day he would choreograph for dance legend Mikhail Baryshnikov. Nor could Charles “Lil Buck” Riley have predicted that a performance with cellist Yo-Yo Ma would go viral and expose the world to what happens when street dance meets classical music.


This melding of unexpected art forms has taken these two young dancers on an unexpected journey from performing on the streets of Southern California to the world stage. One of their highly-regarded collaborations “Color of Reality” uses fine art and dance to tackle the issue of unarmed African-Americans dying at the hands of police. Through their organization Movement Art Is (MAI), the two address issues that divide and destroy with the goal of healing age-old wounds through movement. Their latest production “Love Heals All Wounds” infuses popping and jookin with spoken word, original music, and imagery to shed light on police brutality and mass incarceration. Jon Boogz and Lil Buck join host Frank Stasio to talk about their early days as struggling dancers and how they have elevated an artform given to them by the streets. NC State LIVE presents “Love Heals All Wounds” Raleigh on Saturday, Feb. 2 at 8 p.m. on the campus of North Carolina State University in the Talley Student Union.


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Dana is an award-winning producer who began as a personality at Rock 92. Once she started creating content for morning shows, she developed a love for producing. Dana has written and produced for local and syndicated commercial radio for over a decade. WUNC is her debut into public radio and she’s excited to tell deeper, richer stories.
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.