oct 29

Before The Moonwalk

I always thought of The Moonwalk as something of a sui generis invention, but this video illustrates that it was an evolutionary process, like everything else.


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posted by phil at 12:49 AM on October 30, 2009

I think more directly, MJ had credited a number of breakdancers with showing him the move, once famously saying that he'd seen kids doing it in the street on the day of the Motown 25 taping. Back then, I think most breakdancers called it the "slide", but it certainly was a known practice even among contemporary dancers in 1983.

posted by Anil at 1:58 AM on October 30, 2009

This video is fantastic.

Wired ran a how to/interview with the Coolie Jaxson, who taught MJ how to moonwalk. (Anil you're quite close, he says they called it the backslide)

posted by mat honan at 12:17 PM on October 30, 2009

I like the theory that Boogaloo Shrimp taught him. I also just really like the name Boogaloo Shrimp.

posted by Eloise at 2:35 AM on November 1, 2009

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