1988/1989 (age 24–25)
Lil Buck practices a kind of dance called jookin', which started in Memphis, Tennessee. His technique and that of other dancers who dance in similar styles have been described as possessing "iron technique." Lil Buck leads a dance team called New Styles Krew.
Riley was featured in the music video for the 2010 song "Tightrope", by Janelle Monáe. Lil Buck has performed with cellist Yo-Yo Ma in the United States, and in China at the 2011 U.S.-China Forum on the Arts and Culture. He accompanied Madonna as a back-up dancer in the 2012 Super Bowl XLVI Halftime Show and her MDNA Tour that year.
Lil Buck appeared and performed on The Colbert Report on February 21, 2013. Together with Yo-Yo Ma, he performed in April 2013 the world premiere of a piece for solo cello especially composed by Philip Glass for that occasion at (Le) Poisson Rouge in Manhattan.
- "Street dancer Charles 'Lil Buck' Riley to be artist in residence at Vail International Dance Festival". RealVail.com. May 12, 2011. Retrieved February 17, 2012.
- Sommer, Sally (January 2012). "Balletic Breakin'". Dance Magazine. Retrieved February 17, 2012.
- Chin, Josh (November 21, 2011). "Yo Yo Ma and Lil' Buck Perform The Swan in Beijing". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved February 17, 2012.
- "Before Lil Buck Dances With Madonna at Super Bowl, Watch Him Dance in China". AsiaSociety.org. February 3, 2012. Retrieved February 17, 2012.
- Blank, Christopher (February 7, 2012). "Memphis dancer Lil Buck to tour with Madonna". The Commercial Appeal. Memphis. Retrieved February 26, 2012.
- "MDNA Tour details". Mad-Eyes. July 15, 2012. Retrieved August 15, 2012.
- Poon, Kina (January 2012). "25 to Watch". Dance Magazine. Retrieved February 26, 2012.
- "Lil Buck @ (le) poisson rouge: A jookin' jam session starring starring Lil Buck", directed and produced by Damian Woetzel
- Opening Ceremony Blog Exclusive – Spike Jonze Presents: Lil Buck and Yo-Yo Ma (April 11, 2011) on YouTube