Michael Jackson: A Look At His Contributions to Dance
As a singer, he often provided the back drop for thousands of parties, and wedding reception jams. He told us through his lyrics to change the world, and make it better. His music was a powerful force in the scope of his talent, but for me Michael's greatest gift was his dancing ability.
Michael Jackson began his career when many children are only learning their alphabet, while he would later sing about it on the radio. His voice and interpretation of lyrics were astounding for his tender young age. Everyone who heard him sing about the pain of lost love would never question his authority on the subject because his heart came through each time he sang a song. Anytime Michael danced, it felt like we the viewer were being transported to his own little playground. His body, and especially his feet would make anyone stop and stare when he did any kind of dance movement.
His dance moves are copied by millions of people every day, and you can turn on any pop artist today, and see Michael's footsteps in their dance steps. He has influenced a generation not only through his music but also in his choreography. Usher and Justin Timberlake name Michael as their primary artistic influence. Michael himself had his own heroes include Fred Astaire, James Brown, and Jackie Wilson. These great performers were some of the artists who influenced the boy who became the king of pop. "Smooth Criminal" has become an iconic short film for Michael Jackson. This short film highlights Michael's technical and artistic brilliance, while paying homage to Fred Astaire's great talent.
Michael Jackson was not trained as dancer. Choreographers have stated that Michael would learn an entire dance routine often only seeing it once. Michael's dancing range showcased elements of jazz, tap, hip-hop, and even classic dance styles. Michael was like a sponge often learning dance moves faster than the professionals he hired.
Michael Jackson through his own words stated that his life was often lonely and turbulent. He dealt with more than his fair share of stress and pain, but when he danced his spirit exuded joy. His face would light with this beautiful look of simplicity, and he would look as if he would go into this joy-filled reverie.
He taught the world many things through his art, but his dance is the most beautiful because it communicated the feelings in his heart without words. Michael Jackson will be remembered as a singer, and a artist, but his true soul's delight will be his dancing. May the world never forget the quiet moments lost in his world of beautiful reflection.