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Moonwalk (dance)

The moonwalk or backslide is a dance technique that presents the illusion of the dancer being pulled backwards while attempting to walk forward. A [popping] move, it became more popular around the world after [Michael Jackson] executed the dance move during a performance of " [Billie Jean] " on on March 25, 1983. It subsequently became his [signature move] , and is now one of the best-known dance techniques in the world. [Thriller 25] : The Book , ML Publishing Group Ltd, 2008. ISBN 978-0-9768891-9-9.

An [illusion] is involved in creating the appearance of the dancer gliding. The leg being pulled up moves the leg behind it back (with the toes still touching the ground) and transfers the weight on to it. The leg with weight on it goes up and the other leg is drawn back in turn. These steps are repeated over and over. Variations of this move allow the backslider to also appear to glide forwards, sideways, and even in a circle.


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