Origins of the Moonwalk

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As some people already know, a dance move called the moonwalk (a.k.a. backslide) had been existed before it became the “moonwalk”.

The most well-known dancer as the “orignal moonwalker” should be Bill Bailey who performed it in the film Showtime At The Apollo (1955), which was also featured in the movie Tap (1989). But actually Bill Bailey, pupil of Bill Robinson, performed the very same step as early as 1943 in the movie Cabin In The Sky, which you can see here as well as the 1955 film.

The various scenes used in the video are from 1929 to 1955 (except Sammy Davis Jr. from ’65 and ’67). The oldest one is from Hallelujah, featuring Daniel L. Haynes as a minister pantomiming a train at a prayer meeting. I was totally amazed by his movement when I first saw that movie.

The most influential dancer on MJ’s dancing is no doubt James Brown, but you can also trace the roots and origins of his style to those greats in the first half of the 20th century. [read more]
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The video features the ancient moonwalkers and other greats who possibly influenced MJ’s style of dancing.

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One response to “Origins of the Moonwalk

  1. Pingback: Origins of the Moonwalk « Leon Topiltzin's Bloggg | Art Institutes International | The Art Institute

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