July 21, 2009

Origins of the Moonwalk

Oh the things you learn from dance class! The Moonwalk, popularized by Michael Jackson was actually a tap move called the Backslide. MJ may have perfected and popularized it but he was clearly influenced by the great hoofers who came before him.

Dancers (in alphabetical order) in the video above include: Fred Astaire, Bill Bailey, Buck and Bubbles, Cab Calloway, Clark Brothers, Sammy Davis Jr., Daniel L. Haynes, Rubberneck Holmes, Patterson and Jackson, Eleanor Powell, Bill Robinson, Three Chefs (only the feet), Tip Tap and Toe (feat. Ray Winfield), Earl Snakehips Tucker.

And check out the video below of the great Bob Fosse as the snake in the movie The Little Prince (1974). Clearly his moves had influenced MJ too.


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