Four-Year-Old Shows Off Top Michael Jackson Moves

Sources: Irish Daily Star | All Things Michael

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This pre-school toddler clearly already knows his ABC — as he can sing and dance to King of Pop Michael Jackson’s greatest hits.

Talented Kodie Fitzsimons, from Dublin, can be seen in a hilarious video donning a Jackson outfit and reproducing the lyrics and moves of hits like Thriller, Bad and Man In The Mirror.

Parents Philip and Claire, from Walkinstown, believe that the four-year-old is destined for the big time as he is already starring in a musical show in Drimnagh.

The wannabe star is also a big fan of other current chart acts such as Ed Sheeran.

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Dad Philip (29) yesterday told The Star: “Kodie has always loved to watch Michael Jackson DVDs since he was very young and he picked up the performances very fast.

“He loves performing. He even does his song and dance routine in the aisles when we’re in Dunnes Stores doing the shopping and the other customers would be watching him.”

Philip added: “He isn’t into football so this is his passion.”

All-singing all-dancing Kodie still hasn’t started school as he’s only enrolling in St Damien’s National School in Walkinstown in September.

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Second Grade Siblings Imitate Michael Jackson For School Talent Show

Sources: Muscatine Journal – Ky Cochran | All Things Michael

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MUSCATINE, Iowa — Mulberry Elementary School’s gym was filled with students and their families on Tuesday for the school’s annual student talent show.

Brothers Zach and Skylar DeLong, second graders, pulled out their best Michael Jackson moves to his song “Love Never Felt So Good.” They kicked and spun as the audience clapped to the beat, cheering them on.

“We watched videos of him,” Skylar said, explaining how they learned to dance like Michael Jackson.

It’d taken a lot of practice, the duo said.

Their favorite Michael Jackson song was “Billie Jean,” they said, and their favorite dance move of his was the moonwalk.

“They listen to a lot of Michael Jackson; I’m not kidding you, they do,” said the boys’ dad Jim, who came to watch them perform with their mom Angie and a couple of their brothers.

“They just came home one day like, ‘Dad, you know Michael Jackson? He’s dead,” he added, remembering the start of his sons’ fascination with the King of Pop. “They even made a mannequin of Michael Jackson at one point. They’re unique little boys.”

 

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Reed Shannon Talks Motown The Musical

Sources: Broadway World | All Things Michael

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Actor Reed Shannon is currently on tour with Motown the Musical playing Young  Berry Gordy, Stevie Wonder, and Michael Jackson. In our chat he talks about preparing for these roles and his young theatre life so far.

Unbelievable! You are playing  Berry Gordy, Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson when they were young like you. How difficult is it for you to differenciate between the 3 boys? What do you have to do physically and mentally to portray them? Did you watch tapes or listen to CDs to get the voices just right? I know Jackson performed young but I’m not sure about Little  Stevie Wonder.

I have been playing the roles of Little Berry Gordy, Little Stevie Wonder, and Little Michael Jackson since April of 2014, which has been an awesome experience! I watched and still watch YouTube videos about each of these icons. I do not have videos of Mr. Gordy as a child, but I have spent some time with him and have read about him, and he has told me how Stevie and Michael were as kids. For the Stevie role I close my eyes and imagine not being able to see, and really use my sense of hearing every time I perform, and for the Michael Jackson role, I put myself in the mind set of auditioning as a younger child and really trying to show Mr. Gordy that I can perform for the whole world!

Did you know about these people before you became involved in this show? Had you heard Stevie Wonder sing? I’m sure you heard Michael Jackson. Talks about this.

I listened to young and older Michael Jackson before I was cast in Motown, and just a little bit of Stevie Wonder. Since landing the role, I have tried to listen to everything I can that each of them has written and produced! I believe their music has such a great message that if people take it in, it could change the world and help some of the problems in society.

What songs do you perform in Motown?

“Hey Joe (Black Like Me)”, “I Got the Feeling”,”Who’s Loving You”,”The Love You Save”,”ABC”

“I Want You Back”, and “I’ll Be There.”

How old are you? What is your experience onstage before Motown? Be specific!

Fourteen. I was trained to sing, act, and dance at NC Theatre Conservatory and my biggest roles were Gavroche inLes Miserables (regionally), and I was a work house boy in !Oliver, and also I performed as Sonny in In the Heights, and as the Youngest Tommy in The Who’s Tommy. I also had roles at my charter school in Peter Pan, School House Rock, and I was Mr. Bill the Candy Store owner and got to sing Candy Man (like Sammy Davis, Jr.), in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory!

Which character is the hardest for you to play? Which is the easiest? Why?

Stevie Wonder is the easiest to play, since there are just a few lines, and it is mostly acting, and the Little MJ role is the hardest, because there is so much precision dancing and singing at the same time.

How do you prepare before each show? Do you do something special before you go onstage besides vocal warmup?

I always try to get a 45 minute nap, then drink some tea with honey, get something healthy to eat like a salad, maybe play some jokes on my parents or cast mates, then put some good motivation music in my ears!

 

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Michael Jackson Dance Program For Special Needs

Sources: MJXExpressions | All Things Michael

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Children’s Ballet Theatre Of Michigan To Present CBT LIVE! With Thriller Finale

Sources: Broadway World | All Things Michael

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Lansing, MI — The Children’s Ballet Theatre of Michigan is busy rehearsing an upbeat repertoire show titled CBT LIVE! Creative Director Gregory M. George will transform Holt High School Theatre into an urban street scene complete with a live DJ and laser light show on Friday, May 1st and Saturday, May 2nd at 7:00 p.m. and again Sunday, May 3rd at 2:00 p.m. Audience members should plan to purchase tickets early at www.cbtdance.org.

‘We are so excited to present superbly trained, charismatic young dancers in a high voltage evening of spectacular dance,” said Board Chair Michelle Renfrew. “Contemporary Ballet has come of age and it’s more exciting than ever!”

The adventure includes modern songs by Stevie Wonder, Bruno Mars, Ed Sheeran, and Taylor Swift as well as music by classic artists. The highlight of the show is a special zombie finale to Michael Jackson’s Thriller.

‘This explosive show will be a fast-paced romp of nostalgia. Children’s Ballet Theatre has excelled in blending traditional ballet, hip hop, contemporary and acrobatics into an unbelievable evening of entertainment,” said graduating senior Shannon Gebaur. “LIVE! will showcase our company in an array of energetic, athletic ballets that are sure to inspire dancing in the audience.”

CBT is a premiere audition based company comprised of over 60 dancers ages 8-18 who reside throughout Michigan. The LIVE! cast will once again partner with Children’s Miracle Network to feature Jordan Goward, Caroline Thomas, McKenzie Robins, Olivia Franklin, Sonya Webster, and Caitlyn Wells.

This is an exciting time to be a part of CBT. The November Nutcracker performance will celebrate the 35 anniversary of the company. Company Auditions for aspiring new dancers will take place May 9th at the studio. Children must be 8 years old to participate. Visit www.cbtdance.org for an audition schedule.

 

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Who From History Would You Like To Meet?

Sources: Statesman Journal | All Things Michael

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Some kids were asked by a local newspaper to name someone from history that they would like to meet.

Here are a few of their interesting and delighful responses:

Bridget Raffensperger, Grade 5, Queen of Peace

I would meet Jesus because I could get to learn more about him and hear his teachings.

Hannah Estrabo, Grade 5, Queen of Peace

If I could go back in time I would meet Adam and Eve so I could tell them not to screw up.

Anthony Saltarello, Grade 5, Queen of Peace

Moses, because I could find the Ark of the Covenant.

Samuel Schindler, Grade 5, Queen of Peace

I would meet Lewis and Clark to go on their adventure with them to the west.

Spencer Elliot, Grade 6, Judson

I would want to meet Michael Jackson because I need to learn some of his dance moves.

Kyle Fromwiller, Grade 5, Queen of Peace

If I could meet one person in history it would be John F. Kennedy before he got killed and tell him not to drive in the car he got killed in. Then my president report on him would be more interesting.

Aidan Ayres, Grade 5, Queen of Peace

If I could visit someone from history, it would be Galileo so I can see the planets and stars with him.

Santigo Blanco-Mills, Grade 5, Queen of Peace

I would meet Walt Disney because I could see him create all the Disney magic we have today!

Skyla Troxell, Grade 5, Queen of Peace

I would meet Abraham Lincoln because I am doing a report on him.

Ismael Lopez, Grade 5, Queen of Peace

I would meet George Washington and steal his presidency.

 

 

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Watch the “Youngest String Quartet Ever” Perform Vivaldi, Michael Jackson And Katy Perry

Sources: Open Culture | All Things Michael

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They’re billed as “the youngest string quartet ever.” The kids began playing in The Joyous String Quartet when they were four years old. Now, fast forward four more years, and they find themselves performing 20 concerts a year around the globe — in places like South Korea and China, and on the Ellen DeGeneres Show. Above you can watch them perform Summer “Presto” by Vivaldi.

Below, they give you a classical version of Katy Perry’s “Firework:

And finally Michael Jackson’s “Smooth Criminal.”

In case you’re wondering, the students come out of The Joyous Music School in Hicksville, NY.

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Maya Angelou And Michael Jackson Will Be The Theme Of The African American Arts And Heritage Academy Summer Program

Sources: Roanoke.com | All Things Michael

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The African American Arts & Heritage Academy is now accepting applications for its July 13-18 summer academy, which will be held on the campus of West Virginia University, in Morgantown, West Virginia. This year’s theme will focus on Maya Angelou and Michael Jackson.

The academy offers students 13 to 18 years of age one week of concentrated study in an artistic discipline of their choice. Classes and workshops will focus on dance, vocal, instrumental, string music and steel drum playing, theater arts, visual arts, creative writing, song writing and history/culture. A songwriting course has been added for those who have a gift for writing and would like to manifest their words into songs.

The academy will accept approximately 40 students to attend the academy. At the end of the week, the students will present a showcase for faculty, guests and the public.

During the week of the academy, students will join a community of gifted peers and will experience artistic and cultural challenges geared toward their age. They will study a concentrated topic from professional artists and teachers.

The students will also attend specialized field studies hosted by the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation’s STEM program.

Donations for the academy to assist in operational expenses and programming are welcome. Checks should be made payable to AAAHA and submitted to Jacqueline Dooley, Administrative Director, Student Activities P.O. Box 6444, Morgantown, WV 26505

For more information or to request an application, contact Dooley at (304) 657-1801 or visitwww.theaaaha.spruz.com. Applications are available online. The activity fee for the academy is $210 per student.

 

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