The Origin of the Moonwalk

Dance Dance Evolution

Who inspired Michael Jackson?

Long before Michael performed it for Motown Records, The Moonwalk was a dance called The Backslide that kids were doing on the streets. Michael took notice, and according to Michael’s own sister, Latoya Jackson, he had street dancer, Jeffrey Daniels, come over to teach him.

Beyond the Moonwalk

Jackson’s choreography borrowed more than just the Moonwalk. Of the many compilations online comparing Jacksons to his predecessors, the comparison between Jackson and Fred Astaire is especially astonishing.

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