How to do the moon walk dance

Moonwalk dance move Tutorial for beginners

Here are 2 FREE videos that will teach you the footwork of Michael Jackson’s famous moonwalk dance move.

The moonwalk dance move is one of the coolest hip hop moves you can learn – but despite looking so easy, it is quite hard to execute. These videos are meant to be watched in sequence so that you can learn everything from the ground up.

1. Overview of the footwork

Text Summary:
Here Matt Steffanina starts you off understanding how to move your feet in the correct sequence. Start with one foot on the ball of the foot and have the other foot flat. Then, use the pressure on the floor to slide the the flat foot back, and then switch feet. Slide and switch, slide and switch. The “Switch” is very important and as Matt mentions it needs to be fast so that you can get power into the floor. And at the very end you will just need to work on making the glides longer and make it all flow.

2. Tips and exercises for your moonwalk

Video Transcript
All right guys today’s lesson is the moonwalk. All right? Made popular by Michael Jackson, it’s been around for a while. The originated move is called the back slide. So I’m going to teach it to you today in a few steps. Let’s get it!

All right. Step one. I’m going to introduce you to a few things to keep in mind while you are learning this move.

Some tips and tricks: All right the tip for the moonwalk is the balls of your feet. So make sure when you are gliding you practice on the balls of your feet. Later on you can get real high and use it one the tips of your toes, but for now remember, the balls of your feet. That’s going to be a good way to train and work on your balance shifting from foot to foot.

All right step two is going to be a really helpful and easy exercise to do to help enhance your moonwalk. An exercise like this – will help the technique of your moonwalk – the smoothness of it. The higher you look off the air the more smoother moonwalk you do have.

Step three: In place moonwalk – Check this out, it’s going to help a lot. The first one I want you guys to practice – the in-place moonwalk. Choose left or right foot, place it, on the tippy-toe balls of the feet, and then just slide back-, slide in one place.
All right one of the most helpful steps is this step four – and it’s called a slide and switch. When you guys get that down, the next one I want you to do is the slide and switch. It’s like a training wheel for your moonwalk. Okay?

What I want you to do – slide – switch, slide – switch, slide – switch, slide… simple enough. Again, and when I start practicing I would probably go in small motions, don’t slide too much – maybe take little slides, little steps — just so you can practice shifting the weight and the trick to it is shifting the weight – that switch and your best slide. [Quietly demonstrates].

So remember, slide/switch, slide/switch — little tricks and exercises just to work on your balance and transition and hey – you’ll be moonwalking in no time, all right guys!

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In 1983 Michael Jackson appeared during the Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever anniversary special. After performing with his brothers he did a solo performance, namely his hit song "Billie Jean" from his then recent album Thriller. As Jackson amazed the crowd with his smooth and undeniably "cool" dance moves, he suddenly premiered a dance that looks like the person is walking forwards while going backwards at the same time. Despite only lasting a few seconds, the crowd went berserk and next day Jackson was the talk of the town, increasing his already massive national and international exposure. Fred Astaire saw the show on TV and personally called up Michael to meet him and show him how to do that particular dance, a question many people back then wondered about. Several have tried it and it is possible to do after much practicing, but remains quite complex for beginners.

The dance was dubbed the moonwalk, because it seemed as if the performer was walking on the moon while doing it. It became an essential part of every Jackson concert and for many people the highlight of the show. He named both his autobiography and movie Moonwalker after it and the dance became one of his trademarks.

Yet Michael didn't invent it, as he was quick to point out himself. He had learned it from some black school children in the early 1980s, who knew it as "The Glide". Other sources claim he was inspired by James Brown who also used the move and/or mime artist Marcel Marceau during his famous "walking against the wind" sketch, where he pretends to be pushed backwards by a gust of wind. Even Cab Calloway claimed that the dance move had been around since the 1930s and that they called it "The Buzz" back then. Others claim it was named the "backslide". However, none of these early prototypes quite match the magic and swift perfection of Jackson's performance. Generally most of them are much slower and the dancers don't move backwards very far. Although if they had the same amount of massive media exposure Jackson had at the time things might have been different.

Nevertheless the dance is nowadays universally recognized as the moonwalk. And although Jackson wasn't the Trope Namer for the moonwalk he is definitely the Trope Codifier. Since he popularized it and made it his trademark virtually all appearances of a moonwalk in popular culture will automatically be assumed to be a shout-out to the "King of Pop". Because of this it has become both a Stock Pose as well as a Stock Parody.


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  • A Pepsi commercial aired at the height of Michaelmania between 1983 and 1984 has a group of street children dance to the beat of Billie Jean, one of them being a very young Alfonso Ribeiro (Carlton from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air) who both dresses and dances like Jackson. As he moonwalks while drinking a Pepsi he just happens to bump into the real Michael Jackson and his brothers in the street.
  • The Dance Pony Dance commercial for the 3G network in the UK features a Shetland pony moonwalking across the countryside to the tune of Fleetwood Mac's "Everywhere".

    Anime and Manga 

  • Angel Beats!: One brief scene shows TK dancing in the hallway. One of the move he pulls is a moonwalk. "Hey yo, check this out! It's a moonwalk! It's a moonwalk! Headspin!"
  • One episode of the Eclipse Celestial Spirit Filler Arc of Fairy Tail involves Gray having a dance battle against a corrupted Cancer. Through Cancer's powers, Gray ends up channeling Michael Jackson complete with fedora and dance moves. One of said moves is the moonwalk.
  • Jango from One Piece is a big Shout-Out to Michael Jackson and he shows it by not only dressing like him but literally moonwalking in his very introduction.
  • "Stitch Meets High School Musical": Felix does this while sweeping the court at the same time during the aliens' dance.

    Comic Books 

  • Urbanus: In one album Urbanus, Amedee and Nabuko Donosor visit Jackson in his Neverland Ranch and try to impress him by performing the moonwalk. As they slide out through his door he is able to close it and get rid of them.

    Fan Works 

    Film — Animated 

  • Kuzco in The Emperor's New Groove does it during his theme song. He accidentally bumps into an old man while doing it, blames him for throwing off his "groove" and has him thrown out a window.
  • Max Goof does it while lip syncing to Stand Out in A Goofy Movie.
  • Pinocchio performs it near the end of Shrek 2 during the finale song, complete with crotch thrust.
  • Roadside Romeo: At one point the mouse does Michael Jackson's signature moonwalk and pelvic thrust. Complete with crotch grab.

    Film — Live Action 

  • The 1974 film version of The Little Prince featured Bob Fosse as a snake doing a dance that is also considered a precursor to the Moonwalk. It helps that he is sporting an all black jacket, pants, and hat combo with a white shirt, much like MJ's signature style.
  • Moonwalker. Duh! Though Jackson only performs it a few times during the music video of "Smooth Criminal". Earlier in the film a cop gives him a ticket for moonwalking on the road in a "No moonwalking zone".
  • In Back to the Future Part III, Marty is forced to dance while Buford Tannen shoots at his feet. He confuses the 19th century cowboy by performing the moonwalk, even singing part of "Billie Jean" under his breath.
  • Near the end of Austin Powers 3 Scott Evil performing a moonwalk just before the end credits.
  • In American Psycho, Bateman does this with an axe in hand immediately before killing Paul Allen. Bret Easton Ellis, who wrote the source novel, said this was one of the only problems he had with the adaptation, as he felt it was out of character.
  • Charlie's Angels (2000). When a number of Knox's goons attempt to take out Dylan, who is tied to a chair, Dylan describes to them, step-by-step, how she's going to knock each and every one of them out, and finish by moonwalking out of the room. Although, it's not so much "moonwalking" as it is just "walking backwards".
  • In The Animal, main character Marvin suffers a seemingly fatal accident, but finds out a doctor saved him by transplanting animal parts into him. The doctor also reveals that he looks after lone animals, some abandoned in the wild and others released from the ownership of pop stars. He gestures to a monkey sitting on a countertop and mentions that he "really misses the pop star... I'm not allowed to say who". Cut to the monkey doing a moonwalk.
  • X-Men: Apocalypse: Quicksilver does this briefly while he was in the middle of rescuing Xavier's students from an explosion. Why does he do this? Because he has time to do so.
  • In Blind Date, this is one of the humiliating things that an enraged gun-wielding Walter forces David to do. And then he says "I hate that shit!" and starts shooting the ground at David's feet.
  • In Michael Jackson's This Is It, Michael doesn't perform the moonwalk at all during the rehearsals. Even during the "Billie Jean" segment, he simply does a quick shuffle with his feet while remaining in place. Sorta sad, given that we'd never see him do it again.

    Literature — Fiction 

  • In Terry Pratchett's Johnny and the Dead, Johnny Maxwell and his 1990's gang teach the ghosts in the local cemetery - all of whom died in the period 1850-1948 - how to do the Moonwalk dance. (an affectionate parody of the Thriller video with real Undead). The sight of a corpulent Victorian mayor and a suffragette who died for her beliefs getting really into it is one that provokes much amusement.

    Literature — Non-Fiction 

  • Michael Jackson named his 1987 autobiography Moonwalker.

    Live-Action TV 

  • Michael Jackson debuted the moonwalk in the Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever TV special in 1983. This performance was later reenacted by Wylie Draper for the 1992 ABC miniseries The Jacksons: An American Dream.
  • In season 2 of America's Got Talent, a mime contestant calling himself "Mr. Heart and Soul" [1] claimed to have been the inventor of the moonwalk, which he originally called the mimewalk. The fact that he also claimed to have invented popping and locking should show how true this is.
  • Silver Spoons:
    • When Alfonso gets caught in a Celebrity Lie, claiming he knows Michael Jackson, he hires a Jackson impersonator to come to the local hangout and moonwalk dance with him. This actually succeeds, until the pressure of keeping the lie going gets to him and he 'fesses up. At the end of the episode Alfonso and Ricky put on a breakdance demonstration for their parent[al substitute]s, including moonwalking and posing on their toes.
    • In the episode "Mr. Cool" Ricky shows off his "coolness" by wearing Sunglasses at Night and moonwalking.
  • Quantum Leap: In the season one episode "Camikazi Kid," Sam the time traveller (leaped into the role of a teenager in 1961) demonstrates the moonwalk for a five-year-old Michael Jackson.
  • One act on Puttin' on the Hits combined this with The Smurfette Principle: the blonde woman acting as the keyboardist finished the entire performance with this move.
  • On Whose Line Is It Anyway?, the guys get the suggestion, "If celebrities had been the first people to walk on the moon." Guess what Wayne Brady does.
  • In The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, on the rare occasion that Carlton isn't reduced to doing his dorky dance, he's able to bust out moves worthy of Michael Jackson himself, including a perfect moonwalk.
  • A Bit of Fry and Laurie: Stephen Fry plays Michael Jackson (without any costume or accent or mannerism to actually mimic him) and after a brief interview, he performs a song "Move It On Out Girl". He gets on a treadmill and walks on the spot. It's surprisingly accurate to the actual moonwalk.
  • The Sketch Show: "Dead man walking. Dead man moonwalking."
  • Odd Squad: In "20 Questions", as Oprah explains to Olympia and Otis why the agents of Precinct 13579 are moving backwards, an agent begins moonwalking through the bullpen. Oprah's quick to point out that he's not moonwalking — he's just a weird walker.


  • Referenced in "Bartier Cardi" by Cardi B:

    Red bottom MJ, moonwalk on a bitch
    Moonwalkin' through your clique
    I'm moonwalkin' in the 6
    Sticky with the kick, moonrocks in this bitch

    Music Videos 

  • Jackson didn't perform the moonwalk often in his music videos. "Smooth Criminal" from Bad is the most notable exception.
    • In the music video of Michael Jackson's Ghosts Michael turns himself into a skeleton, then performs the moonwalk.
    • In the video for "Jam", Jackson does both the regular moonwalk and a stationary version, and tries to teach Michael Jordan the dance at the end of the video along with a few other moves.
  • In the fan video Behind The Mask by Jackson several fans perform the moonwalk as part of their tribute.
  • In the video for Junior Senior's "Move Your Feet", one of the steps of the dancing robot is the moonwalk.
  • A disappointed astronaut without a helmet does the moonwalk on Mars in Britney Spears' "Oops!...I Did It Again" music video.
  • The video for Rod Stewart's "The Motown Song" has a none-too-subtle cartoon parody of Jackson blithely moonwalking. A cartoon dog opens a sewer manhole, causing him to fall in.

    Pro Wrestling 

  • WWE NXT's Carmella does a moonwalk in her entrance and as a celebration dance.
  • Wrestlers such as Scotty 2 Hotty (one half of Too Cool in the WWF) and Michael Hayes (of the Fabulous Freebirds) have done the moonwalk either during their entrances or as a taunt in the ring.

    Video Games 

  • Michael Jackson's Moonwalker: Probably the earliest example in video games. It's done by holding the attack button, then pressing the opposite direction you are facing.
  • In Plants vs. Zombies, the Dancing Zombie moonwalks into your lawn before summoning 4 Backup Dancers.
  • In Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Deadpool moonwalks whenever he walk backwards, as opposed to other characters.
  • The Secret World features the moonwalk as an emote. Subverted in that /moonwalk causes your character to awkwardly shuffle backwards, eventually getting frustrated by their inability to do it right. In the cutscene for "the Bank Heist", Cloudcuckoolander yakuza-kingpin Daimon Kiyota is caught doing cartwheels in his office and he explains that being crazy can be the edge needed to survive, doing a proper moonwalk as the player leaves. It turns out there was method behind his madness—you have to cartwheel past lasers and poorly moonwalk over pressure plates during the robbery, the reward for doing so without tripping the alarm is a perfect moonwalk emote.
  • In Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time Alister Azimuth does this when Ratchet uses the Groovitron on him.
  • In Sonic Colors, Sonic did this in one of the cutsenses.
  • In the WarioWare microgame 'Stalled Out' (Gold version) there's a chance someone will exit their stall doing this.
  • Features as a dancing emote in both Impressive Title and Feral Heart. However, since the players are playing as either Disneyesque lions or canines, the dance tends to resemble the Hakuna Matata dance from The Lion King (1994), but with a smoother, backwards-walking stride like the actual Moonwalk Dance instead.
  • Dante does this dance in Devil May Cry 5 when he obtains the Faust Hat weapon. In fact, the entire cutscene for it is a Michael Jackson reference.
  • Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness: Miror B, the previous game's Disco Dan, has been retooled as a Jackson parody, complete with entering his first scene with a moonwalk.
  • In one of the Street Fighter III backgrounds (more specifically, Dudley's) there is a young punk doing the dance.
  • Super Mario Party has Waluigi moonwalk when he wins in the Sound Stage mode as his "freestyle" dance. The animation would be reused as part of a board event in Horror Land for Mario Party Superstars.
  • An amusingly accidental case of this happens with the "True Damage Ekko" skin in League of Legends, which reimagines the teenage Time Master Ekko into a hip-hop-inspired superstar. While using the skin, triggering his "Z-Drive Resonance" (a passive ability that siphons movement speed from enemies) will cause Ekko start to moonwalking. As it turns out, despite the fact he has plenty of dance-inspired movement animations, this one was actually a bug (specifically the result of some of his animations triggering at the wrong time and facing the wrong direction), but fans and developers liked it enough to keep it and make sure it plays properly (though for clarity purposes, this only applies to the Ekko player and his ally team — enemies will perceive him facing the direction he's moving in).

    Visual Novels 

  • Sigma in Virtue's Last Reward at one point gets asked by Phi to demonstrate her point by taking some random action, in which the player can choose to clap, wave, or dance (among other choices). If the player chooses "moonwalk," she tells him he's doing it wrong.

    Web Original 

  • Early on in Moonstuck, Woona decides to moonwalk during a long walk across the surface of the moon.

    Web Video 

  • The Angry Video Game Nerd: When reviewing Michael Jackson's Moonwalker the Nerd at one point jokingly performs the moonwalk (just shuffling backwards) while holding his joystick.
  • Demo Reel. Rachel performs a quick moonwalk in the second episode of the series.
  • The machinima Arby 'n' the Chief has an episode in their Arby N The Chief in L.A. spinoff series where Arbiter and the Chief visit several attractions and sights around L.A./Hollywood, one of which is the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Chief does the moonwalk on Michael Jackson's tile, although, because of the format of the show (live-action action figures), only his upper body is seen, while his legs are not.
  • Epic Rap Battles of History:
    • Naturally done by Michael when battling Elvis, after the line: "Watch me moonwalk over your blue suede shoes".
    • Done by Darth Vader in his first confrontation vs. Hitler.
  • A variant of the "invisible gorilla experiment" replaces the person in a gorilla suit with a person in a bear suit doing a moonwalk dance.

    Western Animation 

  • Alfred J. Kwak: In one episode, Alfred's girlfriend Winnie is in love with an arrogant pop singer named Michael Duckson, who is a partial parody of Prince too. His stage act is mostly parodying Michael though, even with a moonwalk-like dance.
  • Black Dynamite: In one episode, Black Dynamite talks to young Michael Jackson's "Dad", Joeseph Jackson, in prison. Joeseph explains that every time he and his sons screw up, Michael would theaten them with a reminder of Jamon, whom he moon walked to death.
  • Futurama: In "The Prisoner of Zenda", Bender uses the moonwalk as a Reverse Turing Test (to prove he actually is a machine, since he's stuck in Amy's body). It works.

    General Basil: He... steps forward, but moves backwards!

    Emperor Nikolai: By the gods! He is a machine!

  • The Loud House: In "Sleuth or Consequences", Lincoln is seen doing that while he is dressed up as Ace Savvy in bed.
  • Robozuna: Spark does this in "Hacked" while asking, "Who's bad? "
  • The Simpsons
    • As part of his dancing as a Springfield mascotte in "Dancin' Homer" Homer performs a moonwalk.
    • In the episode "Stark Raving Dad", where the real Michael Jackson voiced himself Jackson (as the mental patient Leon Kompowski who thinks he is Jackson) demonstrates this dance because Homer has never heard of the famous singer. Homer is amazed at the moonwalk and asks Michael: "How do you do that thing with your feet?" Jackson shows him, Homer tries, but he slides forwards instead of backwards. Later in the episode, after Bart is informed by phone that Michael Jackson will pay a visit to his house, he tells Marge that Homer is in an asylum and performs the moonwalk while humming the melody of "Beat It" at the same time.
    • Homer does the move correctly in "He Loves To Fly And D'ohses" while preparing to bowl.
    • In the couch gag of "Them, Robot" Leon Kompowski (from the episode "Stark Raving Dad") is seen moonwalking by for a brief moment when the clip show mentions the year 1991.
  • South Park: In "Meet the Jeffersons", Mr. Jefferson (actually Michael Jackson himself under a Paper-Thin Disguise) performs the moonwalk briefly. When Ike is possessed by Jackson's ghost in Dead Celebrities he briefly does it too.
  • In the Star vs. the Forces of Evil episode "Sleepover", Marco attempts this to impress his crush Jackie, but then he trips and falls on his butt.
  • 2DTV: One gag, referencing Michael's baby bungling incident in 2002, had Jackson teaching his infant to moonwalk from one end of a window to another across the street by tightrope walking over a washing cord.
  • The Mr. Men Show: Mr. Grumpy did this in the website exclusive music video of "Dillydale Dance Floor".

    Real Life 

  • There have been several celebrities credited with inventing the moonwalk before Jackson: Jeffery Daniels (Shalamar), Bill Bailey, Cab Calloway, Marcel Marceau, James Brown, Adalberto Martínez "Resortes", etc...
  • After Jackson's death in 2009 the Belgian radio station Studio Brussel organized a tribute called the "eternal moonwalk", where fans from all over the world could imitate the moonwalk in short clips that fade into each other as one long never-ending continuous shot. All the clips can be viewed on this site (though it must be said that most people are just walking backwards.)
  • In 2012 a man was charged with assault after demanding another man to do the moonwalk at gunpoint. See it here.
  • The male red-capped manakin is a bird that has a courtship dance that resembles moonwalking.


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Upon getting Dr. Faust, Dante doesn't just do the Moonwalk, he channels MJ for a good 25 seconds.

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Actually, the moonwalk is not an element of pop culture at all. This is a typical glide, that is, a movement characteristic of breakdancing. And if so, we turn the visor of the cap back and proceed to training!

Step 1: Warm up

For unprepared dancers, the question of how to learn the moonwalk is often left unanswered because they neglect pre-training. And, accordingly, do not achieve the desired result in the final.

  • First you need to do at least a banal morning exercise. Contrary to the opinions of non-specialists, it gives a good warming effect.
  • Next, we work only with the legs. We do 10 lunges on each leg. Then you can increase the amount, but for the first lesson this is enough for the muscles to remember that they need to move.
  • We stand on toes. We tear off the heels from the floor 10 times. Enough to stretch.

Step 2 Stretch

  • Stand straight, place your right foot as far back as you can and slowly try to press your heel to the floor. Does not work? Move your foot a little closer and try again. The process is important here, not the result. Calf muscles stretch and get ready for work
  • Kneel on the floor. Spread your toes out to the sides. Squat between them. Can you feel the stretch in your thigh muscles? So they did everything right. Done - we begin to study the technique of movement.

Step 3. Learn the Technique

Teachers of modern dance often get allergic to the question “how to learn to dance the moonwalk”. And all because it is not danced, but performed. This is an element of a huge break array, and gliding alone is not enough to consider yourself a dancer. Therefore, we will not irritate teachers and treat the study of this element from a technical point of view.

  • The body weight is transferred to the left leg. And we put the right foot on the “half-toes”, that is, on the toe with a good emphasis.
  • We strain the wide muscles of the thigh of the right leg and transfer the weight of the body to it (it is still on the toe!). And the left leg at this time easily slides back.
  • We immediately put the leg that has “reached” to the rearmost point on the toe and transfer the body weight to it. At this time, the right leg slides.
  • At this time, you need to check your posture in the mirror. The process of changing legs makes you forget about your back, and this is wrong. A tight back will make it easier to transfer weight from foot to foot.

So now you know how to moonwalk. It's time to pay attention to other elements of breakdancing. They are all pretty technical. It is easy to grasp the essence, but to perform at a fast pace, months of training are needed. Ready to study at Dragon School? Great, then sign up for a free trial lesson and join a cool team. The moonwalk is taught in illusion style groups. These are adult groups that accept even those who have never been involved in dancing and sports.

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Michael Jackson's moonwalk even now causes great excitement among the public. Learning how to dance it is not so difficult if you know some secrets of a pop idol. What are they and how to quickly learn the moonwalk?


  1. Pop idol and his moonwalk
  2. Why the movement is called so
  3. What are the features of the dance
  4. How to do the moonwalk: technique
  5. Instructions for learning the movements of the moonwalk
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  7. Moonwalking at home
  8. Step by step guide to moonwalking
  9. Moonwalking tips
  10. Video tutorial
  11. Pop idol dancing secret

Pop idol and his moonwalk

Everyone knows about this dance move. True, the authorship belongs far from the king of the pop industry. Michael Jackson made this movement popular by repeating it from the stage, but the authorship does not belong to him.

Help! It is difficult to name the exact creator of the moonwalk, so the authorship of this movement is attributed to the entire pop culture of that time.

As soon as Michael Jackson moonwalked the stage at one of his concerts, this movement immediately won the love of many of his fans. Literally everyone wanted to learn this kind of footwork and body movement.

At that time there were not a lot of dance lessons, and many tried to portray at least something similar to the famous dance couple by trial and error. Fortunately, now this is not a problem and anyone can learn this movement at any time of the day or night.

Why is the movement so called? At the same time, the dancer does not raise his legs, as if afraid to go into a gravity-free space, and the movements themselves seem light and airy, as if a person was holding on to the surface of the earth.

It is also known that before the performance by Michael Jackson, the dance was called differently. Having repeated it on stage, the performer himself gave him such a nickname, and it has stuck to our times. Therefore, the moonwalk is an initiative of Jackson himself, because before that the dance was called “backslide”, which translates as “retreat”. And although the initial version of the name is more appropriate, to this day the movement is called the moonwalk.

What are the characteristics of dance

This dance movement is relevant for many dance groups. It is not difficult to recognize and distinguish him from the crowd, so users, seeing such a movement from the stage, will surely fill the hall with applause. In addition, the moonwalk performed by popular and skilled dancers looks like the dancer is floating in the air and touches the floor with only his toes.

Michael Jackson himself notes that even before his speech, such a movement was popular in the ghetto quarters. The blacks in these areas were excellent at performing the movement, moreover, Jackson considered them geniuses and systematically repeated that it was they who brought to life many elements of the current dance culture.

How to Do the Moonwalk: Technique

When it comes to technique, many professional dancers will attest to the fact that the walk is only superficially difficult. Even a person who is far from the sphere of dance is able to master this dance movement. At a minimum, on the Global Web, a user can find hundreds and thousands of video tutorials and master classes on how to perform this element.

Moonwalk Instructions

How did Michael Jackson perform this walk? After the hype, he often used this gait and enjoyed the popularity of this movement.

Before starting work, it is worth choosing the right shoes. Shoes in which the dance element will be performed should be comfortable and resistant. No heavy boots in which it would be problematic to create an element of “weightlessness”.

It is worth choosing a room. In order to learn how to move smoothly, you need to find a free room that will not hamper movement.

Tip! Training is best done in front of a large mirror, which will help you fully control your movements, seeing them from the side. In it you can see the plasticity of the body and the smoothness of the movements of the dancer.

The dancer must stand straight and straighten his shoulders, the right foot is placed in front of the left so that the heel of one matches the toe of the other. Then the leg is bent at the knee joint, placed on the toe and simultaneously retracted.

How to learn the moonwalk at home

The moonwalk is not such a difficult dance element that you have to hire a teacher to learn it. This can be done independently at home, without the help of additional people.

Step-by-step instructions for teaching the moonwalk

In order to easily cope with the training, the user needs to perform the following algorithm:

  1. The person stands sideways in front of a large mirror. The arms should be relaxed, and the body weight should be evenly distributed on both legs, the left leg is placed behind the toe, and the body weight is evenly transferred to it. In this case, the person leans back a little. With a sliding movement, the right leg starts up backwards, while it is important not to tear it off the floor, but to keep the body weight on the left leg.
  2. As soon as the heel of the right foot is on the floor, the left foot takes over and begins to move behind the right foot in the same pattern.
  3. The weight is transferred to the right foot and the left foot is in a smooth glide.

In fact, everything is very simple, the point is technique, as well as the correct and timely transfer of body weight from one leg to another. Over time, experienced dancers who have fully mastered the dance take the opportunity and put their hands into action. This helps to achieve more entertainment.

Moonwalk tips

The main recommendation is to use a mirror. Schools and dance studios often use mirrors and decorate the entire room with them. So the dancer can more clearly follow his own plasticity and movements.

The illusion of softness and smooth gliding should be created, and not the feeling that the legs are dragging. It is lightness that is the fundamental element of this dance.

In addition, experienced dancers are advised to perform the first movements slowly, until the very essence of the actions reaches the muscle memory. Movements must be performed automatically and be extremely accurate. Otherwise, no moonwalk will work, but on the contrary, not a dance will come out, but something incomprehensible and strange.

Video Lesson

What is the secret of the pop idol dancing

Another favorite move attributed to the pop idol is the 45-degree body tilt. When Michael Jackson first demonstrated this movement, the audience was literally in shock.

Help! Some users still reproach Jackson for using insurance, because it is almost impossible to perform this action without additional equipment due to gravitational attraction.

By the way, Jackson has a patented product in the form of a boot with a specific heel that can be fixed.

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