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How Michael Jackson's tilt move defied gravity

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Michael Jackson created a dance move that defied gravity

To accomplish it he patented a special shoe

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Michael Jackson’s musical achievements are legend: the first artist to win eight Grammys in one night; the first artist to sell more than a million digital tracks in one week.

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His impact on dance has been just as powerful. Fans around the world have tried to imitate his smooth slides and spins, his racy crotch grab and pelvic thrust and, of course, his trademark moonwalk, with varying degrees of success.

But there’s one move that stunned the watching world: the gravity-defying tilt he debuted in his 1988 music video for “Smooth Criminal.” In one scene, Jackson and a few of his dancers lean forward 45 degrees, backs straight, feet flat upon the floor, and hold the pose until they return upright with little apparent effort.

Michael Jackson - Smooth Criminal Secret Anti-Gravity Lean

“It’s not really possible physically to do it,” said neurosurgeon Dr. Nishant Yagnick, a longtime Jackson fan who practices at the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research in Chandigarh, India. “He was cheating gravity.”

“You can bend a maximum of 25 or 30 degrees forward before you fall on your face,” added his colleague Dr. Manjul Tripathi, another fan. “I tried to do it, and I fell.”

Fascinated by Jackson and his seemingly inhuman abilities, Yagnick and Tripathi began to investigate just how the pop legend was able to accomplish his feat. Along with another colleague, Dr. Sandeep Mohindra, they published their observations from a neurosurgeon’s point of view on Tuesday in the Journal of Neurosurgery: “How did Michael Jackson challenge our understanding of spine biomechanics?”

On the left, how the body is supposed to bend; on the right, how Michael Jackson did it

Journal of Neurosurgery

When the human body bends forward with the back straight, the doctors explain, the erector spinae muscles that run parallel to our vertebrae “act like cables” and support the body as the center of gravity shifts. But when the focus of bending is switched to the ankles, those erector muscles aren’t the major support. Instead, the strain is put on the calf and Achilles tendon, which aren’t really built for that role.

“This allows for a very limited degree of forward bending from the ankle joints, while keeping a stiff straight posture – unless you are Michael Jackson,” they explain in the study. “Most trained dancers with strong core strength will reach a maximum of 25 or 30 degrees of forward bending while performing this action.

Though Jackson was in marvelous shape, even he couldn’t do the maneuver without help. So he and his team invented a special shoe that would anchor him to the floor during the tilt.

Michael Jackson's patented shoe.

United States Patent Jackson et al.

Patented on October 26, 1993, the shoes “have a specially designed heel slot which can be detachably engaged” with a “hitch” (such as a nail) projected through the stage surface “by simply sliding the shoe wearer’s foot forward, thereby engaging with the hitch member,” according to the US Patent Office description.

“Very inventive idea of him,” Tripathi said with a laugh, “because even with that shoe, I am not able to do 45 degrees. You need a very good core of strength, and that strength was in Michael Jackson and his Achilles tendon.”

Yagnick agreed: “Normal people, even with the shoe, probably can’t do it. It takes a lot of practice to develop the core muscles, abs and central trunk muscles to get the strength to do it.”

Not only would most people need intensive training to accomplish the move, said Atlanta physiatrist Dr. Jose Garcia-Corrada, but they could seriously injure themselves if they fell. Garcia specializes in the medical rehabilitation of the spine at Emory School of Medicine.

“If you were to lose your core balance during the lean and didn’t catch the fall with your arms, you could hit your jaw,” Garcia-Corrada said. “That might hyperextend the neck and cause serious spine damage.”

It’s not just the spine that might be affected, he added.

“You’re holding most of your weight with muscles that you normally wouldn’t use in this way,” he said. “You could really strain your back and legs muscles and tendons.”

Many audiences who watched Jackson and his dancers perform the feat on video and in concerts had no knowledge of the trick. To them, Yagnick said, it seemed like magic.

“When Michael Jackson brought out the video and then did it live on stages around the world, people didn’t know he had this shoe system,” he said. “Particularly in India, where Michael Jackson is very popular, many people tried to copy him, and some even hurt themselves.”

“MJ style,” as it is called in India, is so popular that one of the top dance groups is called “MJ5” because they imitate Jackson, while children emulate the moves in competitions like “Dance, India, Dance.”

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Tripathi believes that Jackson’s legacy has “pushed whole generations of dancers to go beyond their limits,” which he says is putting new kinds of stresses on the spine. “So in India, neurosurgeons are perplexed due to all these new kinds of neuroskeletal injuries we are now seeing.”

Studies on the newer forms of dance inspired by Jackson back up the doctors’ observations.

A 2012 study published in the Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports followed three types of hip-hop dancers: popper/lockers, breakers and “new schoolers.”

Popping and locking are foreshadowed in many of Michael Jackson’s routines. Locking requires freezing from a fast movement and “locking” into that position for a short time before suddenly moving again. Popping involves quickly contracting and relaxing muscles to produce a jerking motion or “pop” in the body.

Breakers or “B-boys” practice a highly acrobatic type of dance that involves tumbling, spinning headstands and lifts in which the entire body is supported by one arm. “New schoolers” borrow inspiration from many styles of dance and fit them to the music.

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    • There were 738 injuries among the 232 dancers in the study; breakers had the highest number of injuries. The study’s conclusion: Hip-hop dancers “should be educated concerning injury prevention, biomechanics, and use of protective equipment.”

      A 2009 study in the American Journal of Sports Medicine found 1,665 injuries among 40 breakdance professionals and 104 amateurs, mostly in the wrist, spine, shoulder and ankle. Breakdancing, said the authors, “must be considered as a potentially high-risk dancing sport,” especially since dancers didn’t often take enough time to heal before jumping back into training.

      That is a significant problem in India as well, Yagnick said, particularly among young people who see dancing as a pathway to a profession.

      “We are seeing a lot of complex dance moves that they just copy but don’t really learn from a professional,” Yagnick said. “They are young, 18 or younger, and they want to get ahead, and they are pushing themselves. They don’t know what they are dealing with. There should be education on the right and wrong way to do things.”

      The 15 Best Michael Jackson Dancing Music Videos

      Michael Jackson took music videos to another level even in the ’80s and 90’s when no one really cared about them. In such an era, when music videos were treated as an extra expense for promotional purposes MJ knew it’ll change everything. And so things happened, today music video is the primary concern for any music release and producers are ready to invest in millions. 

      The King of Pop saw the future and did his works with utmost perfection. The dance was the primary element in all of his videos, not only did he invent dance styles but also hired professional dancers in the music videos. Let’s have a look at Jackson’s most famous dances in his music videos and the videos in general. We will be focusing mainly on music videos and not on-stage performances.

      1. Smooth Criminal

      Jackson performed his second most famous gravity leaning dance move in the video for the first time. The seemingly impossible dance move leaning forward and then standing straight took great athleticism and some special effects in the video. Smooth Criminal is MJ’s one of the best works as far as music video making is concerned. He worked with the famous director Colin Chilvers. The music they created together was a mixed idea from some already existing concepts. The initial goal was to create a noir genre environment to work for the purpose. MJ took some inspiration from Fred Astair’s “Band Wagon”. It won the 1989 Brit Awards.  

      2. Beat It

      “Beat It” is considered as a music video that transformed MJ’s stardom and expanded it globally. Not only did it convey a message but also Jackson had done something awkwardly extraordinary, as a result, it got the exposure even in a time when music videos were a new thing. Choreographed by Primetime Emmy Award winner Michael Peters, the dance moves were essentially Jacksonized, and as always he made it a great performance. Also, the red zipper jacket was matching the environment to take the performance to another level. The 1983 music video featured 80 real gangsters of two rival gangs in the cast, it was MJ’s idea to add some reality into the video. “Beat it” was produced by MJ himself and the budget was around $150,000. Directed by Bob Giraldi, the video was featured on MTV, after “Billie Jean” by an African-American artist for the first time.

      3. Thriller

      Thriller is the largest music album in the history of commercial music. And the music video is celebrated as the most famous music video of all time. In 2010, the US National Film Registry inducted the music video as a ‘treasure’. How did all these happen? The 1983 music video was an experimental one, neither director John Landis nor MJ ever thought it’ll touch so many people, and even after a decade of his death, it’ll be equally sought after. The dance moves were quite extraordinary in Jackson’s superhit music video. This one also was Choreographed by Primetime Emmy Award winner Michael Peters, the Zombie dance in this video is famous even after 30 years and who can forget that night street filled with zombies performing the dance moves. The budget of “Thriller” in aggregate was little more than a million and it was the highest budget music video of that time. This horror-fantasy romantic music video broke all the existing records and many of the previous records are intact until today.

      4. Black or White

      “Black or White” is another music video with the essence of a short film. Jackson has included various forms of dancing from all over the world including Asia and Africa. He even included a southern African Zulu dance snippet, it looks like a huge arrangement of many things. Working with John Landis gave Jackson extra comfort and both of them flourished in the video. The video had garnered a 500 million viewer base from 27 countries. 

      5. Bad

      The director of the music video is the living legend Martin Scorsese and the writer is another famous man, Richard Price. Jackson wanted to make an 18 minutes long short film and hired a novelist to write the script. Though it was another gang rival themed video, like every other of his videos it has got several twists. Also, it has got great dancing shots of MJ and his co-actors, especially the one where a person uses skating shoes to get back on his feet; though it’s somewhat common today but back then it was a crazy thing. Jeffrey Daniel was the choreographer, he was the man who taught MJ the moonwalk.

      6. I Wanna Rock With You

      “I Wanna Rock With You” came from Jackson’s earlier days. It was 1979 when young Jackson shot the simple yet beautiful music video for his evergreen song. The dance moves are quite simple and funny; it’s popular in amateur dancers. Directed by Bruce Gowers, it was shot in L.A’s 800 stage. It feels good to see MJ performing in an old-school way on a stage with a laser coming from his backside.

      7. You Rock My World

      The music video is more of a short film with a story to tell. Directed by Paul Hunter, it shows a conflict over rivals and a woman at stake. Jackson uses some of the dance moves in the video that could not make in “Dangerous” the MTV performance. MJ dances around the floor with a black suit and a pink shirt. And it really looks cool on him.  There is an appearance of the legendary actor Marlon Brando, and it is said that out of the four million budget, Brando took one million. It was a super hit soon after the release and got several awards. 

      8. They Don’t Care About Us

      Jackson wasn’t the fancy singer who wished to enjoy the lavish life of a superstar, in this video, he showed the resilience to fight the system. Shooting in Rio, especially in places where poverty, crime, and hunger was a normal incident, was a big deal. The state authorities constantly denied MJ to shoot there. But at last with the support of local people, he completed the video. There is a scene where Michael was dancing and two local women came to hug him, he fell down on the ground but kept on dancing after that. It was all real and recorded in real-time. Some of the best dancing moves MJ performed in the video along with a bunch of drummers and local people. 

      9. Remember The Time

      MJ had always been fond of longer music videos, this is one of them. “Remember the Time” is based on a unique storyline of ancient Egypt, the director John Singleton has done magic with the special effects team and Jackson, on the other hand, has given a great dance performance. Produced by Epic Records, MJ’s record label, the budget isn’t yet publicly revealed but it’s quite big for sure.

      10. Don’t Stop Till Get Enough 

      Yet another video from 1979, it can be considered cool as it was created four decades ago. MJ’s first solo music video had been shot with chroma key special effects, again a cool thing of that time. Directed by Nick Saxton, one can see a gentleman Michael in formal attire. The video doesn’t have much dancing, but MJ seems to enjoy his footwork and body shaking on rhythm. 

      11. The Way You Make Me Feel

      The music video follows the song intimately, with no big stunts, or any special effects, but it has an inner message to give. While chasing a woman, how does a man react, while being rejected how should one feel, these are the things you can understand from the dance moves. It’s rather calm and goes deep.

      12. Jam

      Featuring the basketball legend Michael Jordan, the music video for Jam is a thing to watch. Both the legends are trying to teach each other their skills, and it looks really funny to see them struggling. With a fast beat and rap, it is something to enjoy. Especially the scenes where Jackson is teaching Jordan the Moonwalk. Directed by David Kellogg, the music video was a hit and stayed on people’s minds for a long time.

      13. Ghosts

      The music video was Michael’s anger and despair to the people, who created trouble in his life. Michael collaborating with the novelist Stephen King wrote the script and first made a short film and then a music video. The short film was released in the Cannes Film festival and music video shortly after. The video won the Bob Fosse Award for the best choreography as MJ did a fantastic dance performance.  

      14. In the Closet

      “In the Closet” has a minimalistic view as a music video, only MJ and Naomi are dancing. With a sepia tone and white dress, both of them look great. In freestyle dancing, all it shows is the desire for each other. The director Herb Ritts gifted a beautiful video with less chaos and more focus. 

      15. One More Chance

      “One More Chance” doesn’t have a complete video as the shoot was interrupted due to legal procedures. After the death of the legend, the Jackson family released whatever portion they had in their possession. It’s mainly the dancing scenes of MJ. Directed by Nick Brandt, it’s a memoir to Jackson. Even in the incomplete video, MJ’s dancing on the tables and his roaming around the hall while asking for one more chance is a touching scene. To match with the dark environment, his grey jacket added another level of flavor. 

      How to learn to dance like Michael Jackson?

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      Milk Jackson is considered one of the best choreographers and dancers in history. His skill was the best of the best among those who were in the pop industry. He always did it easily, and so far he remains the most outstanding artist (of course, not in the literal sense of the word). You can enjoy his staging and movements in various videos. Michael is such a great dancer that the dance looks very organic and simple, as if you can immediately get up and repeat everything without difficulty! But, this is the great talent of Michael Jackson as an artist - to do the complex at ease and easily! How to learn to dance like him? What is the secret of movement? Naturally, the singer's hallmark is the well-known "moonwalk". This movement is a special technique where the dancer moves backward while trying to move forward. This is how the illusion of sliding is created.

      How to learn the moves

      It takes curly hair and shiny socks to learn the sliding moonwalk. They say it's the key to success! And here are the phased technical movements:

      1. On a full foot, put one foot forward;
      2. Take the second back and put it on your fingers;
      3. With the foot that is in front, begin to slide lightly and gently back past the foot that is behind;
      4. Now, with the foot that was in front, put on the whole foot, and lift the back one on the toes;
      5. Repeat these movements again and again. All kinds of variations of the movements of the moonwalk, allow you to slide to the right, left, forward, as well as in a circle. Now you know how easy it is to learn this intricate movement.

      Michael Jackson's moonwalk

      The artist first showed the moonwalk way back in 1983 on an American live TV show while performing the song "Billie Jean". Young Michael, dressed in a hat, one glove, black jacket, silver T-shirt, silver socks and black pants, made a splash. He wrapped himself around himself and did this world-famous gait.

      The dancing of the star attracted a huge number of spectators, and the movement itself called the moonwalk became very popular. Dancing is considered the second nature of the famous singer. The first is, of course, music, which occupied most of his life.

      It is interesting that in 1989 they made a film where Michael played the main role, he portrayed himself. This movie is called "Moonwalker". The singer considered dancing such an important part of the image that even the biopic was called "Moonwalk", which translates as "Moonwalk".

      Secrets of dancing pop idol

      In addition to the moonwalk, dancers all over the world love to repeat another trick of the star. This is body tilt 45 degrees to the floor . You can see it in the video for the song "Smooth Criminal". There are a large number of variations and versions on the theme: how to perform this trick. Some argue that in the stage costumes of Michael himself and his dancers, special pins were installed, in the shape and size of the heel, which at some point advanced and fixed. The dancer himself patented this boot design.

      How to learn to dance like Michael Jackson? Is it realistic to do it? Naturally, yes! A huge number of people are proof of this. The video tutorials below will help you. Carefully study the technique, turn on the music louder, and go ahead.

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