Here are 2 FREE videos that will teach you the footwork of Michael Jackson’s famous moonwalk dance move.
The moonwalk dance move is one of the coolest hip hop moves you can learn – but despite looking so easy, it is quite hard to execute. These videos are meant to be watched in sequence so that you can learn everything from the ground up.
1. Overview of the footwork
Here Matt Steffanina starts you off understanding how to move your feet in the correct sequence. Start with one foot on the ball of the foot and have the other foot flat. Then, use the pressure on the floor to slide the the flat foot back, and then switch feet. Slide and switch, slide and switch. The “Switch” is very important and as Matt mentions it needs to be fast so that you can get power into the floor. And at the very end you will just need to work on making the glides longer and make it all flow.
2. Tips and exercises for your moonwalk
All right guys today’s lesson is the moonwalk. All right? Made popular by Michael Jackson, it’s been around for a while. The originated move is called the back slide. So I’m going to teach it to you today in a few steps. Let’s get it!
All right. Step one. I’m going to introduce you to a few things to keep in mind while you are learning this move.
Some tips and tricks: All right the tip for the moonwalk is the balls of your feet. So make sure when you are gliding you practice on the balls of your feet. Later on you can get real high and use it one the tips of your toes, but for now remember, the balls of your feet. That’s going to be a good way to train and work on your balance shifting from foot to foot.
All right step two is going to be a really helpful and easy exercise to do to help enhance your moonwalk. An exercise like this – will help the technique of your moonwalk – the smoothness of it. The higher you look off the air the more smoother moonwalk you do have.
Step three: In place moonwalk – Check this out, it’s going to help a lot. The first one I want you guys to practice – the in-place moonwalk. Choose left or right foot, place it, on the tippy-toe balls of the feet, and then just slide back-, slide in one place.
All right one of the most helpful steps is this step four – and it’s called a slide and switch. When you guys get that down, the next one I want you to do is the slide and switch. It’s like a training wheel for your moonwalk. Okay?
What I want you to do – slide – switch, slide – switch, slide – switch, slide… simple enough. Again, and when I start practicing I would probably go in small motions, don’t slide too much – maybe take little slides, little steps — just so you can practice shifting the weight and the trick to it is shifting the weight – that switch and your best slide. [Quietly demonstrates].
So remember, slide/switch, slide/switch — little tricks and exercises just to work on your balance and transition and hey – you’ll be moonwalking in no time, all right guys!
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