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  • Hello!

  • My name is Corey Vidal

  • and in this video I am going to teach you how to dance like Michael Jackson.

  • I'm going to show you the moonwalk and a series of other very signature Michael Jackson moves

  • that he tends to use in most of his videos

  • and then at the end of the video, I'm going to show you a little combo

  • which kind of ties together a few of the moves

  • which you can then use to dance to any of your favourite Michael Jackson songs.

  • Now, to prevent your from watching any of the parts of this video that you don't really want to learn,

  • I'm going to put an annotation in the top right corner there

  • and it's going to show the times in this video where I teach those moves.

  • So if you want to, you can click along the YouTube timeline below us

  • and just jump to whatever time and whatever move it is you want to see.

  • So with that in mind, I think we should go ahead and get started!

  • Alright, so the move I'm going to teach you first is the move that

  • everybody's watching this video for anyways

  • and that's how to do the moonwalk

  • but I'm going to divide it up into two parts.

  • Part 1 is going to be how to do the moonwalk on the spot, not moving

  • and Part 2 is going to be how to do the moonwalk moving backwards travelling across the floor.

  • The reason I'm teaching it to you this way is

  • because you can figure out the moonwalk, you can kind of

  • learn the theory, while not moving

  • to kind of perfect what your body's doing and the way you're doing it

  • whereas when you're moving backwards, you can more focus on

  • the entertainment and the performance of it.

  • So, let me start off by explaining two things.

  • 1: at no point do either foot (does either feet?) leave the ground

  • both feet are touching the floor at all times

  • and 2: one foot is always up

  • the other foot is always down.

  • Now, you're going to have to think about this very carefully

  • the weight and balance of your body is going to be transferring between both legs as you move

  • but the weight is going to be the complete opposite of what you'd expect.

  • For example, when I'm standing here naturally

  • my body puts all of my weight on my flat foot which is currently my left leg

  • because that's the most comfortable to stand on.

  • You need to mentally decide to put all of your weight on the foot that's

  • pointing and push yourself into the ground with that foot.

  • The reason that is, is because it's the point of foot that doesn't move,

  • it's the flat foot that slides backwards.

  • Then you switch your feet, but we'll get into that later.

  • So, one foot is pointed, all of your weight is on it,

  • that lets you move the flat foot, and while doing the moonwalk on the spot

  • what you want to do is slide the foot back and then as you're doing it,

  • slowly lower this foot, slowly bring it flat.

  • So you're here, this is sliding, and this slowly goes lower and lower and lower

  • until it's flat, and you're going to want to flatten both of them

  • when you're about a step apart.

  • So something like that.

  • So then what you do is after you have flattened both feet,

  • you pick up your back foot, bring it back up again to where you are, put it down.

  • When you put it down, don't put flat, put it at a point.

  • So to show you:

  • slide

  • step

  • With the point:

  • slide here.

  • And the reason you go into the point is because with the point

  • you are now going to slide this flat foot,

  • your feet have switched, put all of your weight on your left leg,

  • and you slide this one back. Point.

  • Here, here, here

  • it's the moonwalk on the spot.

  • So, practise that.

  • I don't want to over-explain it.

  • I mean, it's simple.

  • You're going to learn more as we learn doing the moonwalk backwards.

  • But seriously, practise this for a while so you can do it

  • and you'll see this foot kind of kicks up and it's very soft,

  • there's not a lot of sharp movements, it's very fluid

  • and it actually looks best if you're looking straight ahead.

  • Alright, so now that you've learned how to do the moonwalk on the spot,

  • I'm going to teach you how to do the moonwalk while travelling.

  • You have to watch this previous video to know what's going on here.

  • So you put your weight on the point of foot,

  • slide the other foot back, but before, when we were doing the moonwalk on the spot

  • this foot was slowly lowering while this foot went back

  • now you're not going to do that.

  • Now it needs to be less fluid and more of a snap.

  • Let me show you what I mean.

  • This is pointed, this goes back,

  • this is still pointed, then: snap.

  • And now, all of your weight needs to be on that back pointed foot

  • which is very hard and very uncomfortable.

  • But, you're going to put your weight here, and you're going to slide this foot back.

  • So then your foot, you're a step behind

  • swap them again.

  • Flat foot slides back,

  • and then swap, flat foot slides back.

  • Now I'm falling as I do this because you're not supposed to do the moonwalk that slow.

  • When you're actually doing it, the momentum is going to

  • prevent you from falling because your momentum's going to be pushing you backwards.

  • So if you come here and you have a pointed foot,

  • you go slide snap, slide snap, slide snap,

  • snap, snap, snap.

  • As you can see, my moonwalk doesn't look very good.

  • Why is that? How do you make the moonwalk better?

  • Well, you have to remember a few things.

  • One is that Michael Jackson is the king of pop

  • and one of the best entertainers and dancers of all time.

  • He spent his entire career perfecting his moonwalk

  • on top of that, there is money being poured into him,

  • the shoes he is wearing, the stage he is on,

  • is all optimized for dancing and performing.

  • I am on a concrete floor in my parents' basement

  • because I am super cool like that.

  • So, how do you make your moonwalk look better?

  • Well, there is a

  • "cheaters" moonwalk.

  • I don't know what the technical term is, but that's what I call it

  • and it's actually the moonwalk that I normally do

  • anytime I'm dancing or performing.

  • Instead of going all the way onto the point

  • and trying to put all of your weight on there

  • Michael Jackson's wearing a very certain type of penny loafer which

  • allows him to do that very easily.

  • This is hard, so instead of going on the point

  • go on the ball of your foot.

  • So you're kind of bending your toes backwards

  • but you're putting your toes and that fleshy part of your foot all the way on the ground.

  • You only go up that high and then you slide this foot

  • and then switch to the other ball of the foot

  • slide, switch, slide, switch.

  • Now, it doesn't look as good.

  • but it's really the only thing you're going to be able to pull off

  • and if you've ever seen anybody, usually other than Michael Jackson

  • and very, very, very highly trained professionals

  • that is actually what they're doing.

  • It is quite a bit easier to go like this

  • That's your moonwalk.

  • The rest of your body, your arms, your back, your head.

  • It's best if you're looking straight ahead.

  • Your hands are kind of in a circular walking motion

  • and I know nobody really walks like this,

  • but it does kind of help with the illusion.

  • So if you're here

  • and it helps a little bit

  • I mean, let your arms swing naturally anyways,

  • just forward and back, but a little bit like a train.

  • I know when Michael Jackson does it he is very rigid in a

  • fluid way. Which makes no sense but he's Michael Jackson, he's amazing.

  • He kind of chugs his head out and in

  • I can't really explain it any better then that, go watch a video of Michael Jackson.

  • But, the head here, it's kind of in the shoulders.

  • It's going to be almost impossible to explain. Like I said, go watch a video of him.

  • He is way better than me.

  • Bu that is the basics of how to do a moonwalk.

  • Alright so we learned how to do the moonwalk on the spot and we learned how to do the moonwalk while travelling backwards,

  • now we are going to learn the most complicated and advanced moonwalk.

  • And that's how to do the moonwalk sideways. Michael Jackson has done this from time to time

  • but it was actually Usher who started throwing it in all of his music videos

  • and he makes it look really good, although he's doing it a little bit differently.

  • Now you are traveling quite a bit of distance and I tend to do it going right.

  • I do something else going left, I'm gonna kind of show you both of them but they're actually two

  • completely different things because I have never been able to mentally figure out how to do it the other way around.

  • Anyways, it's the same idea: you always, always, always

  • put your weight on a pointed foot.

  • You always, always, always slide your flat foot.

  • Now, doing it sideways, kind of like the moonwalk on the spot, this foot slowly lowered

  • as this went back, instead of going back do the same thing but stand facing forward.

  • Pointed foot you're gonna push the foot to the side, kind of like that.

  • As you get there you want to bring this foot up to a point and because you're going

  • sideways this foot can't go back so you actually drag this foot

  • in, which is weird and you kind of have to pull yourself with this foot

  • and then you get to about there and then you could swap them, and then again

  • you kind of push this foot around and to the side

  • over and down and then you pop it and you pull it in.

  • And yes, I'm sure this looks ridiculous but when you do it fast I promise it looks cool.

  • It's something along the lines of this.

  • Now, with this you what to see a lot

  • more knee popping, your knees are kind of go out in, out in, as you're doing it.

  • Pay attention to the knees here.

  • They are kind of what is making it happen.

  • And then Michael Jackson is really good with this,

  • as the feet are going, don't forget about the rest of your body.

  • Your shoulders are kind of getting into it, your arms are doing something.

  • This actually looks better when it's not as fluid or if the legs are fluid but the

  • upper body is a bit more robotic and jerky. That is how Michael Jackson does it.

  • You know, kind of heavy arms here and he'll do it

  • fast and pop his chest, etcetera, etcetera.

  • Go watch Usher's "You've Got It Bad" music video and then Michael Jackson's one hour "Ghost" short film.

  • Going the other way, it is somewhat similar. I push the foot in and pull it in

  • but I've...it is slightly different I guess.

  • Sliding the foot out, pulling it in, I just kind of pull it weird and

  • twist it the other way, but I'm just going to show you going right here.

  • Don't forget the shoulders and the arms.

  • Going left, somewhat the same thing.

  • So, yeah. Sideways, on the spot, moving backwards.

  • There is really no such thing as a forward moonwalk.

  • You could take the theory, but it's not gonna bring you anywhere.

  • That's pretty much all you need. Just remember to put all your weight on your pointed foot.

  • It's basically all you need to know, good luck.

  • Alright, so now that we've learned the three different styles of moonwalk,

  • now we're gonna do something completely different.

  • We're going to do the very signature Michael Jackson kick.

  • I'm gonna teach this to you, step back a bit here.

  • It's kind of one of those moves...that he does. It's a kick.

  • I don't know any other technical term for it. But when he does it

  • it's very fast, very sharp, really good posture, and then he'll usually

  • do something rather dramatic and angled with his hands.

  • Let me show it to you one step at a time.

  • The foot that kicks is going to be, aside from the fact that it's sharp, very wobbly.

  • Which makes absolutely no sense. But as you're kicking, it's always with the right leg.

  • Your right knee goes left. As you do so, your foot goes right so you're making kind of this weird zigzag

  • that requires you to use your hip to push your knee out and then your foot the other way.

  • So it goes there and then swaps places.

  • So the knee goes right and the foot goes left so you're kind of going back there.

  • So as it kicks, as it goes up: there, there, there, down.

  • But he does it very fast, very straight on.

  • When it goes here, here

  • when he's on the second one, he's going left right, he kicks that in really hard.

  • Imagine a soccer ball coming down and you're kind of kicking it up in the air.

  • Go that, and then as he brings it down

  • this foot that pushes into the ground you have so much momentum and

  • energy being expelled downwards that it tends to push the other leg a bit

  • so I'll wiggle that leg like that.

  • When this lands: totally straight leg. Not a bent knee.

  • So there, and then this will pop up. As he does it I know in the "Thriller" music video

  • his hand is like there. In other music videos, could be there. Whatever.

  • Usually something with very straight arms.

  • I feel a bit silly doing this but it's Michael Jackson's move.

  • In the vein of silliness he has also done this move while

  • twisting to the side and grabbing his crotch,

  • with these two fingers here, he will hold it here and then do a

  • sexually suggestive dance move, which in the early 90's was

  • you know, very racy, but nowadays not as much.

  • So here, hand on the crotch if you want to.

  • One other thing is a head snap. Very typical Michael Jackson move to do.

  • Very, very sharp; here; crotch; head,

  • either straight on or to the side.

  • I feel ridiculous and you will probably feel ridiculous practising this, but that is how it goes.

  • So there you go. I hope you enjoy that.

  • Alright, let's take a crack at seeing if

  • we can learn to spin or turn the way Michael Jackson does.

  • Now whether you are a dancer or not, what you need to know is that there's nobody

  • on the face of the planet who turns like Michael Jackson and if you ever take

  • dance lessons, they