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How to Moonwalk Backwards like Michael Jackson

Learn how to moonwalk backwards like Michael Jackson in this Howcast dance video featuring dancer Robert Taylor, Jr.


All right, you guys. So now we're going to get into the Moonwalk, which was debuted by Michael Jackson in 1982 for the Motown 25th anniversary. If you haven't seen it yet, you've got to check it out. Please do.

So the Moonwalk: What creates the illusion is the fact that he's shifting weight, as he usually does in most of his moves, but he's shifting weight using the terminology from gliding.

So with that in mind, let us start out by pressing through the right foot. Now, as you press, this is what the right foot would be doing. You're here, and you're pressing all the way through to the heel. The other foot is just simply sliding back. Now, keep in mind that the leg that slides back, you don't want the weight to be on this leg. You want it to be sorely on the right, since this is the one that's creating the push, so if I did it slowly, it would look like this.

Now, what's going to happen is I'm going to change weight, shift it, the left heel is going to come up, and the left heel is going to push through like this, and as the left leg pushes through, my right foot goes here simultaneously. It looks like this. And then you switch and shift over to your right side. Shift. Switch to your left. Shift right. Shift left.

So with that in mind, let's try it a little faster. I'm going to go here. Shift. Left comes up. Shift. Right comes up. Left comes up. Right comes up. And so on and so forth.

Now, that is your Moonwalk.

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