Sources: Vinamy – By Joseph Batcagen| All Things Michael
It seems like even in death, Michael Jackson still wields an influence that many current-gen pop stars would kill to have for. And really, it can probably be traced to the one thing that made Jackson famous in the first place: his dance moves. Yep, everywhere you look, you can still see some random kid mimicking the trademark Michael Jackson dance—and no matter how badly one performs the move, you still can’t help but applaud the effort behind it. This, in a nutshell, is really what pop music is all about!
So, if you’re still reading up to this point, then there’s no doubt that you probably want to dance like Mike, but are still largely hesitant because… well, no one wants to look like a fool, after all. And really, that’s a pretty understandable sentiment. However, if you REALLY want to dance like him, then you better prepare to risk it all—even the potential of being embarrassed—to really pull off those insane dance moves which made Jackson the icon that he still is!
And really, that’s the kind of attitude you would want to have for yourself when you’re trying to attempt either of Michael’s famous dance moves beautifully. And you can start by reading more of them below!
Michael Jackson first became known for “Thriller”, and he was beginning to cement his legacy in pop culture with the video which accompanied the song. And despite it being a purely ‘80s spectacle—just look at the big hair and the garish clothes, goodness!—the dance steps behind the move still continue to endure, and it’s very easy to see why: it’s just very, very simple.
For one, all you need to do is to watch the video for the single and wait for the moment when the actual “dancing” starts at the eight-minute mark. Have you clicked the link yet? See, simple, isn’t it?
For those who can’t view the video somehow, then the entire routine simply consists of you having to “shimmy” while you walk and basically emulate the movements of a zombie. If all of these sound ridiculous to you, then that’s practically the whole intent of it! As noted “Michael Jackson” choreographer Anthony King explains it, “you have to do this with high energy and real intention” . So, in other words, it’s the ATTITUDE behind the moves which defines your performance rather than the routine itself. It sounds so much like method acting, but it makes sense!
Oh for sure, THIS is the move which defined a typical MJ dance sequence! And despite how it looks like to the casual observer, it can be really simple to pull off: while putting your left forward in a “walking” position, you slide the right foot back and repeat the same process with your other foot. And really, if we can be able to describe it in just one sentence, you can also do the same in just one move alone!
However, as with all things, the way the move can be perceived all comes down to execution. The real secret behind an easy execution of the Moonwalk, for one, is all reliant on the ground you happen to be standing in: the floor should be uncarpeted and on an even plane. Of course, when you’re choosing proper footwear for the trick, the soles on your shoes should be “soft” enough to allow a frictionless slide on the ground.
Of course, if you want to take the move a notch higher—literally speaking, as you will learn in this paragraph—then you can do a full spin and stand on the tips of your toes for a full five seconds after performing a Moonwalk sequence. It’s certainly much harder, but just keep practicing at it and you’ll master it in no time!
Yes, little Michael DID invent the Robot, and the fact that he is known for his later dance moves rather than this one only goes to show the insane depth of talent he had even when he was still singing for Jackson Five as a kid. A SEVEN-YEAR OLD kid! Suddenly, we feel very inconsequential writing this.
Regardless, the Robot can be very easy to perform for anyone willing to… err, perform this move: all you have to do is to know how to move with “sudden” intent. In other words, instead of reaching for that glass of water at the nearby table, you have to extend your hand in a very stiff manner while “stopping” at every angle your joints happen to be in at a particular moment at time. Yes, like a robot, indeed.
If you really want to LOOK like an actual robot, though, then you also have to practice your “robotic” expression, which is basically shorthand for having a blank, yet steely, expression. And really, you have to do it, or otherwise, no one will probably know that you are even doing the Robot in the first place!
So, have you got all of those down? Good! Now start practicing your Michael Jackson dance in order and impress your family and friends the next time someone asks you to hit the dance floor.
Here’s another version of Michael’s robotic style!
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