Two Memphis jookers and two ballet dancers fuse their distinct dance styles to a soundtrack that mixes hip-hop beats and cello at a famous Memphis juke joint.
Shot in Memphis, TN at the historic Earnestine & Hazel's dive bar and famous former juke joint, Bookin’ challenged the dancers to fuse ballet with Memphis Jookin', an innovative and original Memphis street dance dubbed the 'urban ballet.' The goal of the film was to highlight the benefits of cultural mixing.
Decades ago, Memphis helped set the direction of American culture and inspired the world with its innovative music. Memphis was the birthplace of both rock 'n roll and soul music--the result of its black and white musical cultures coming together.
Bookin' recreates that same cultural fusion, not only through its unique score, which blends classical elements of cello with hip hop beats, but primarily through dance. Throughout the film, the jookers and ballet dancers learn from each other, inspire each other, and blend their distinct dances to create, in their words: Bookin'.
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