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WALK THIS WAY: TRACING THE ORIGINS OF MJ'S MOONWALK

Posted by Billyjam, September 19, 2009 09:05am | Post a Comment

Origins of the Moonwalk

Michael JackMichael Jacksonson was known not just for his music, but also for his dancing abilities. There are many recorded instances of the moonwalk, originally known as the backslide or "walking on your toes," being used before Michael Jackson did it.

Similar steps are reported as far back as 1932, used by Cab "Minnie the Moocher" Calloway. It was first recorded in 1955 in a performance (in the film that same year Showtime At The Apollo) by tap dancer Bill Bailey.

Jeffrey Daniel brought "the backslide" to the tv show Soul Train. In 1980, Jackson asked Daniel (together with dance partners Geron Candidate and Cooley Jackson) to teach him the dance. Michael first performed this move during his "Billie Jean" performance on Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever on March 25, 1983.

Jeffrey Daniel's Influence on Michael Jackson

I remember also seeing this move performed by Mr. Freeze (of the Rock Steady Crew) in the movie Flashdance, released April 15th, 1983. See Flashdance clip below.


ROCK STEADY CREW-FLASHDANCE

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The Prince vs Michael Experience, which today's guest Amoeblogger Dave Paul has been producing in various West Coast cities for seven years is, he says, "meant to celebrate the music of two of the biggest pop cultural icons of our generation. It is done with love and mutual respect for both artists." The party takes place in San Francisco every third Saturday at the Madrone Art Bar -- 500 Divisidero St. Tonight, Saturday the 19th, the party is happening when the music starts at 9pm with DJ¹s Dave Paul and Geoff Harris spinning. $5, 21+ For directions and more info click here.

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