‘It’s the thrusting of the pelvis’: inside the kinetic dance style known as bucking
News | 22.06.2018
When the Beat Drops, a new documentary, follows a close-knit circle of black gay men in Atlanta who lead double lives – professionals by day, dancers by night
When the Beat Drops, a new documentary directed by Jamal Sims, chronicles a close-knit circle of black gay men in Atlanta who lead double lives. By day, they are mild-mannered hospital workers, teachers, and corporate employees. By night, they rock a furiously energetic, hyper-athletic style of dancing known as “bucking”.
It’s a style of dancing that’s both hidden and mainstream – simultaneously a part of everything from underground clubs to Beyoncé videos and dance routines, including her recent Coachella extravaganza. (Sims, a noted choreographer, has worked with Beyoncé, Madonna, and many other stars.) “It’s still very underground,” Sims says of bucking. “Although Beyoncé did it, and artists are doing it, people don’t know what it is, exactly.”