Michael’s signature dance moves

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@filmandmusic had this to say yesterday:

MJ invented his own dancing style. Unique in movement, fashion and singing.

f&m's larger point was to do with BJ and Thriller in particular but I think it stands as a general point, also. Is this why Michael had SO many signature dance moves? Bc he invented his own dance style? I probably sound really gonzo but this honestly had not occurred to me before even though my interest in Michael always centred first and foremost around his dancing.
Oh my god! That move! The placement of hands, the leg and one very precise hip movement! 🔥 🔥
Yes, he invented his own dance style by mixing various different styles. He had rhythm in his body, he could hear music and just move with it.
 

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Ankle Breaker Evolution video

1983 - 2009 / 11m 8s

Just been reminded on another thread of the ankle breaker dance move. So here's a compilation. My fave bit of this particular video is the TII / BJ clip at the end.
 
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I think this qualifies as an 'ankle breaker' move even though it is slightly different from the *actual* ankle breaker thing. At the very least. it's closely related, imo. :D

I am mesmerised by how he's using his right foot. Tracing the movement of it as he moves it across in front of his other leg. Gets me every time. This whole move, imo, is very Jackie Wilson - more JW than JB - but with Michael's own special genius added in.
 
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Evolution of the Ankle Breaker - The Iconic Moves of MJ

1980 - 2009 / 2m 35s

To finish up, another 'ankle breaker' compilation. Shorter but it starts earlier than the other one.
 
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The "Smooth Criminal" pose in Dangerous was always one of my favorites. He shakes it up quite a lot, sometimes it saves energy, sometimes it expresses more.


 

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I personally refer to the ‘ankle breakers’ as ‘swivel knees’. I’m glad that it’s been acknowledged that they began during ‘don’t stop til you get enough’.

I read a review that likened the skipping during ‘heartbreak hotel’ to a rain dance.

labelling michael’s dances are a creative way to give them character. everybody has their own. I love it 💜
 

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this has gone viral again, so I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to share.
Michael practising his circle glides for the ‘victory’ tour.

for me, the glides in general were the best things about the tour. they were magical ✨interestingly, he would only use the ‘swimming’ motion with his arms in the Kansas city concert.
 
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