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    The Panther Dance to me is the holy grail. So raw and energetic.

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    ^^^ The word "raw" reminds me of that scream while standing on a car.

    Other subject: remember the bodyguards' book ? When one of 'em said that the Bruce Lee pictures he saw in the bathroom reminded of Michael's dance moves ? I wish I could have seen these pictures to see the extent of Lee's influence.
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    Top Ten male singers who can dance

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T9k1gNxd3HA

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    Sorry, I cannot remember who said this, but it´s common knowledge about MJ, I guess: That he was ...

    ... "like lightning in a bottle"

    To me that means:

    ... Michael had massive positive energy (in his art, as a human being)

    ... and Michael was able to build massive tension / release via his dancing and performances. Just remember the beginning of concerts where he remained a completely motionless statue and then broke the unbearable tension with a single whip of his head.

    He was able to use that massive energy like noone else.
    "I´m the temple, you can´t hurt me,
    ..I found peace within myself"

    ...Michael Jackson - Jam





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    Quote Originally Posted by moonstruck87 View Post
    Sorry, I cannot remember who said this, but it´s common knowledge about MJ, I guess: That he was ...

    ... "like lightning in a bottle"

    To me that means:

    ... Michael had massive positive energy (in his art, as a human being)

    ... and Michael was able to build massive tension / release via his dancing and performances. Just remember the beginning of concerts where he remained a completely motionless statue and then broke the unbearable tension with a single whip of his head.

    He was able to use that massive energy like noone else.
    No one like him...

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    Stage: The Dancing Feet Of Michael Jackson

    By ANNA KISSELGOFF

    Published: March 6, 1988



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    THERE is no way to separate Michael Jackson the singer from Michael Jackson the dancer, as his new show proves again.

    Mr. Jackson dances his way through every song, whether he is proclaiming how ''bad'' he is or urging all to look in the mirror and mend their ways. Viewed specifically as a dancer, he is tops, and his mixed messages are superbly served by a single dance style that goes in any emotional direction he desires.

    Scrub away the the veneer of street dances in the performance he gave Thursday night at Madison Square Garden, look past the occasional suggestive gesture and rotating pelvis, marvel at the backward gliding moonwalk and the isolated body parts - seemingly set into motion on their own - and you see a virtuoso dancer who uses movement for its own sake.

    Yes, Michael Jackson is an avant-garde dancer, and his dances could be called abstract. Like Merce Cunningham, he shows us that movement has a value of its own and that what we read into it is provided by the theatrical context around it.

    Unlike the pop stars of the past, Mr. Jackson does not rely on prosaic body language. He speaks to his public mostly with nonspecific dances. To express approval, the audience responds with ''Woof woof.''

    Notice how many times Mr. Jackson takes your breath away with his rapid-fire flat-footed turns, his staccato gestures, his burst of movement from any part of the body and you will see that the steps and sequences are often repeated. But their rhythms and phrasing are changed along with the studded jackets; the words shower the same dances with a torrent of varying emotion while laser beams light up the imagined sky.

    A professional dance watcher could not help but relate the integration of technology into Mr. Jackson's current ''Bad'' album tour to similar mixed-media experiments that blanketed the dance avant-garde in the 1960's. Here, as there, the show was an exercise in perception. Here as there you could see the singers and musicians live and also on giant video screens as a cameraman prowled along onstage after the performers.

    As a dancer, Mr.Jackson is an aerial. Not for him the ritualistic love of the earth that attracted pioneer modern dancers. The moonwalk that he made famous is an apt metaphor for his dance style. How does he do it? As a technician, he is a great illusionist, a genuine mime. His ability to keep one leg straight as he glides while the other bends and seems to walk requires perfect timing.

    Precision is the name of the game in the several ensemble numbers he dances with a mean-looking group of four men, beginning with the opening ''Starting Something.'' Their hairstyles range from Minimalist (re-routed punk) to Maximalist (tousled mane), but there is nothing but total unison in their well-rehearsed ending-on-a-dime finales.

    When a fan suddenly materialized onstage and pranced toward Mr. Jackson, the star's response seemed so choreographed that it looked like part of the show.

    Can anyone, then, dance like Michael Jackson? Only if you can rise up on your toes without toe shoes, stay there, and keep up what is basically a nonstop two-hour solo.

    Photo of Michael Jackson performing Thursday night at the Garden (AP)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Silouette View Post
    ^ My favorite movie! I watch it every time I know its coming on TV. And many times I just happen up on itand happily watch it like I'm seeing it for the first time. Lol!Wylie did a terrific job....a little too "wild" in some of his dancing, but he was still great.Yes, R.I.P Wylie Draper. 5 May 1969 -20 December 1993
    Can you believe I found out he danced in the "Remember The Time" video yesterday ? I was watching the movie Victory performance and a comment made me google.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Word Smith Sr View Post
    Can you believe I found out he danced in the "Remember The Time" video yesterday ? I was watching the movie Victory performance and a comment made me google.
    Mmm hmm! I was surprised too when I first learned about that. I even tried to see if I could spot him. :lol:



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    Quote Originally Posted by Word Smith Sr View Post
    May you rest in peace Wylie Draper. That spin + the "Isaac said he kissed you, beneath..." footwork is amazing. His energy makes you think he put Michael's shoes on and let magic happen. Remember the magic socks powder intro ? I would have loved to see Michael's face when he saw Wylie dance like that.

    Are you saying that Willie did the magic socks powder intro?

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    ^^^ Hehe, no I'm not. I was trying to say Wylie was great.

    It's off topic, but I gotta say the actors who played Joe and Katherine were great.

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    ^^ Yes! Angela Bassett is one of my favorite actresses and she played the role so very well;
    as did Lawrence H.Jacobs, whom I had a little crush on when I was a youngster. Lol!



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    Quote Originally Posted by Silouette View Post
    ^^ Yes! Angela Bassett is one of my favorite actresses and she played the role so very well;
    as did Lawrence H.Jacobs, whom I had a little crush on when I was a youngster. Lol!
    Angela Bassett and Lawrence Hilton Jacobs are the best casting in the movie-(well, Billie Dee Williams as Gordy and Vanessa Williams as Suzanne are excellent too) and they're great actors so no wonder the movie really centers on the two of them.

    Lawrence Hilton Jacobs is the reason I have a soft spot for Joseph to this day. Lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by respect77 View Post
    I felt the movie was a bit kind to Joe and (may I say) Katherine as well. :ph34r:
    Yes, you may. Lol.

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    Lol@Barbee and Respect :happy:



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