The moonwalk

Ask anyone on this planet; “Do you know The Moonwalk?” and I’m sure that they will answer “Ohh Yeahh!”‘
That’s the most famous move in dance history and created by the legendary Michael Jackson. Michael performed this move the very first time in a performance of “Billie Jean”  at the Motown 25th Anniversary. First Michael and his brothers were together on stage and after that Michael went on stage to do Billie Jean, and when he did The Moonwalk the crowd went balistic! 

The title of Michael’s famous Moonwalk moves can be interpreted as a tribute, because gravity seemed to have no effect on Michael. Anyone who watches  the video to the song ” Billy Jean”, the only clip in which Michael does it again, gets himself off the ground.

Now I don’t know about you, but I tried a few times  to do The Moonwalk myself, but almost fell flat on my face. However I have found a “manual” of how to do it yourself so…….. let’s dance! (or try to :))

Step 1. Find a pair of low grip shoes, you could try to do it in your socks to start off with.

Step 2. Make sure that the ground you use to practise to moonwalk on is also not too grippy, try to find a polished floor.

Step 3. Stand with both feet close to each other, left foot slightly ahead of the right (toes of right foot should be in line with half the left foot)

Step 4. Now raise the heel of the right foot so that you are standing on the front of the right foot as if you are taking a step. The left foot must stay where it is (take care not to move it).

Step 5. As you lower the heel of the right foot, lean all your weight on the right foot, and drag back the left foot, so that its toes are in line with the heel of the right foot. The left foot’s heel must be slightly off the ground at this stage. As you drag back, do not push down on the left foot at all, or it will not glide. Make sure as you lower the heel of the right foot (slowly) the left moves at an equal speed. This will need lots of practice to master the right speed.

Step 6. Keep practicing up to the above steps until you can make the movement subconsciously without any difficulty.

Step 7. Once you have mastered that, “kick” outwards with the left foot, but although not quite touching the ground, make it look as if it is touching. Move it out a foot-size’s worth away from the toes of the right. No part of the left foot should be raised higher than another.

Step 8. After you make your left foot move so it is at the starting position, lift up the heel once more of the right foot. Make sure the left leg is bent at the knee. Now repeat step 5. Keep practicing until you have the whole thing figured out, and it has been verified by others, and you feel quite comfortable with it. You should eventually get that gravity-defying effect and you’ll MoonWalk like the pro.

Step 9. 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 foot, lower left as you glide right back. Left still on the ground, throw out the right foot, lift up heel of the left foot, and once again drag right foot back as left heel is lowered.

As with any dance move it takes practice, practice practise. Michael is known to have a lot of natural talent as a dancer. However he also has the total dedication to put in hours and hours of practice.

Please let me know how it went or better yet make: a video and send it to me!!


  1. Mitzi
    May 20, 2010 at 23:22

    This is great, I can still remember the first time I saw MJ do it…Yes on the 25th Motown Anniversary… My boys were little and so tried to do it. What a wonderful memory of MJ….What a wonderful man…..

    • May 21, 2010 at 00:01

      Simply the best.. ever. Period!! 🙂

  2. G
    May 31, 2010 at 21:07

    The Moonwalk wasnt actually created by michael he just made it very popular 🙂

    But either way he is still the best at it

  3. livinofthewall
    June 1, 2010 at 18:42

    I know G, it goes all the way back to 1932! And I totally agree with you Michael is the best Moonwalker EVER!!! hhheeeeeheeeeee auuwww LOL!

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