How to Do Michael Jackson Footwork

Learn how to do Michael Jackson footwork in this Howcast dance video featuring dancer Robert Taylor, Jr.


All right, you guys. We're going to get into the Michael Jackson foot/leg work, so you can put it together with your hand gestures. So, one of the main positions that he uses is this. Mm-hmm. There are quite a few of them. There's the long version. There's the shorter version. There's the pelvis version.

So let's use the pelvis version first. What's happening here, I'm sitting on my hip. In this particular case, I'm sitting on my left hip. Now, the right foot is out, because I'm sitting on my left hip, and then the weight is on the left leg, so my right heel is going to be up as my left hip sits. If I were going to be sitting on the right hip, my left heel would come up, so I would say pow. You see what's happening? In slow motion, I would say bow. You see what's happening here? So this is your position, you're sitting. This originated in the '70s and '80s.

Now, as he got into the late '80s, early '90s, he used this. It became closer. He went from this to bringing it in a little bit closer. You see what's happening? So I strike, bam. So I'm going to step, hah. Notice I'm not sitting too much on the hip like I did in the '80s. I'm bringing it upward a little bit, and the leg is even more straighter, because I'm not sitting so much into it. You see what I'm saying? So we're here.

Now, getting into one of those, for example, if I want to go bow, see how both legs are straight? As I'm using one of the hand gestures, I break in, shah!. You see that? Hah! As he used in Smooth Criminal. So I can go here, bah, or I can go here, bow. You see what's happening?

So pretty much, using those two, you can sit, be right here, or be out there.

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