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Choregraphy: How To Moonwalk In 10 Steps (karma: 3)
By dancer_dude8701
On Sat Jul 03, 2004 12:02 AM

For those of you who don’t know what the Moonwalk is, it is a dance move, under the break dancing category of ‘floats’. A float is an illusion that makes your dance look more clean and technical. It was made famous, and perfected by Michael Jackson, the King of Pop. It is an illusion that looks like you are walking backwards, but this move is not actually a walk, it just looks as if you were, but instead of moving forward, you go backwards and ‘float’, as if you were walking on the moon.

WARNING: You may look like a fool at the beginning, but there is always a first time. Perhaps you could try to perform the move in private, and just remember to PRACTICE PRACTICE PRACTICE!!!

1st: Make sure you are wearing a pair of shoes with a low grip, dress shoes are recommended, although not necessary, also, socks are great too.

2nd: You will not do the Moonwalk properly with a sticky floor. A bare floor or light concrete is okay.

3rd: Stand with both feet close to each other about 4 fingers width apart. Approximately two to five inches.

4th: Lift the heel of one foot so you are standing on your toes [we’ll say your right foot for example.] Some people recommend that you place the toes of your right foot in line with half of your left foot, but this is not necessary.

5th: Place most of your weight onto your right foot, and slowly drag back the left foot, keeping it flat on the ground. My #1 TIP...KEY POINT: act as if you are scraping gum off of the heel of your [left] shoe.

6th: You must time correctly so that when your left foot has gone back all the way, you lift the heel and stand on your toes and put your right foot flat on the ground.

7th: Keep practicing the above steps until you can make that movement subconsciously without thought.

8th: Once you’ve mastered that glide backwards with the left foot and the timing of lifting the heel of the left and properly putting your right heel down, move it out a foots-worth away from the toes on the right.

9th: Once your left foot is back in the original starting position of the right one, lift the heel once more of the right making sure the knee is bent. Now repeat step 5. Keep practicing until you have the whole thing figured out and has been verified by others, and you feel comfortable with it. You should eventually get that gravity-defying effect and you’ll moonwalk like a pro.

10th: Once you’ve figured it out for the right leg bending, switch legs and try the same with the other foot. Lift the heel of left, lower as you glide right back. Left still on the ground, throw out right foot, lift up heel of left foot, and once again slide right foot back as left heel is lowered.


EXTRA TIPS
Take your time and don't jump ahead.
Always remember to keep your heel down on the floor when you're sliding back.
And keep in mind the KEY POINT: Pretend you are scraping gum off of the heel of the foot sliding back.


Please be sure to WARM UP and COOL DOWN before and after dancing!
Warming Up and Cooling Down are a series of exercises and stretches in helping your body prepare for and/or relax from dancing. It is highly enforced in to prevent injury!
STAY HYDRATED!
Be sure to have a bottle of water with you nearby. Especially if you decide to keep practicing.

10 Replies to Choregraphy: How To Moonwalk In 10 Steps

re: Choregraphy: How To Moonwalk In 10 Steps
By dancer_dude8701
On Sat Jul 03, 2004 12:44 AM
LoL, by the way...the reason it may sound a lil cheesy was cuz it was an article i wrote for our school newspaper and my teacher was weird and made me add and take away things...as if she knew how to dance HAHA...anyways, hope this helps people.
re: Choregraphy: How To Moonwalk In 10 Steps
By PenelopePitstop
On Mon Jul 12, 2004 01:07 PM
Very cool!! I've been attempting to moonwalk for so long, but now I think I'll get it if I practice like you said. Thanks a bunch! :)
re: Choregraphy: How To Moonwalk In 10 Steps
By aliesc
On Thu Jul 15, 2004 02:51 PM
that bubblegum tip is great
re: Choregraphy: How To Moonwalk In 10 Steps
By messyhairgirl
On Fri Jul 23, 2004 05:51 PM
That's so cool! I can't wait to try it out!!!
re: Choregraphy: How To Moonwalk In 10 Steps
By GoddessofDance
On Sun Aug 08, 2004 04:20 AM
Everytime I moonwalk someone always asks me how to do it. So next time they ask I will just print out a copy of this! lol
re: Choregraphy: How To Moonwalk In 10 Steps
By mags
On Sat Aug 14, 2004 04:25 PM
that's wuz so kool.thanks for posting it it's gonna help me a lot
re: Choregraphy: How To Moonwalk In 10 Steps
By DancerChickEmmember has saluted, click to view salute photos
On Sat Aug 14, 2004 09:03 PM
lol thatz awesome! i was wondering how to do it right. the gum thing really helps,great job!
re: Choregraphy: How To Moonwalk In 10 Steps
By BiLlARoXy
On Sun Aug 15, 2004 08:23 AM
Thanks for posting that, I've always wanted to be able to moonwalk :]
thanks
By meandonlyme
On Mon Aug 16, 2004 04:00 AM
hey! thanks loads..That really helped..Nah..it didnt sound "cheesy"..haha..

God bless..
meandonlyme
bubble gum
By WHY_
On Fri Sep 03, 2004 03:50 AM
I learned how to moonwalk like yesterday and that tip about getting gum off your shoe really helps, i was also wondering if you or anyone else can help me find out how to glide sideways thanks,
Matt

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