Madonna Picks A New Back-Up Dancer At Roseland Ballroom

Madonna didn’t grab the mic And sing when she hit New York’s Roseland Ballroom on Saturday, but she did make her mark—selecting 23-year-old Memphis dancer Charles Reilly (a.k.a Lil Buck) as the winner of the Smirnoff Nightlife Exchange Project, an international competition that offered the winner a slot as a dancer in her her upcoming 2012 tour.

Want to see Buck bust his signature move? Check out the clip below!

Reilly says his style of dancing, “Memphis Jookin’,” has been around for a quarter-century as part of the Southern city’s dance underground. Upon winning he confessed, “this doesn’t happen to people like me—and now here I am.”

All eleven finalists in the contest were on hand to introduce Her Material Madge-sty in a number created especially for the event by choregraphers Shay Normann and Rich & Tone—but it was Reilly who caught the eye of the still-fierce diva.

Of course, this isn’t the first time Madge has sprung up at Roseland. She and Justin Timerland hit the Times Square venue in 2008 to promote their collaboration, “Four Minutes.”

Image via Smirnoff

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  • Marie Cohn

    Selecting backup dancers? She totally stole this from Nyasha on THE A-LIST: NEW YORK! She recently copied Gaga, but she’s now moving down the hierarchy.

  • howdy

    who is madonna?

  • shannon


  • OrchidIslander

    Great moves!

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