Michael Jackson had the potential to be one of the greatest, but he took a wrong turn when he started to believe his own myth and thought he could do it all alone, without the help of expert choreographers and dance teachers.
MJ was great. I've never seen anyone create moves the way that he did. I guess he would have to be number one, but Gene Kelly was also super. He also had a lot of physically challenging moves in his dancing.
Michael Jackson changed the world of dancing with the moonwalk but I don't know if he is the best dancer...He is no doubt a legend for his singing and dancing. Anyway, I can't decide, great question though!
IM ABOUT 42 AND I WAS PRACTICING THE MOONWALK AS FAR BACK AS 1981 AND I DIDNT SEE MICHAEL JACKSON DO THE MOONWALK UNTIL MARCH OF 83. JAMES BROWN WAS THE FIRST TO PERFECT THE MOONWALK GOING IN A FORWARD DIRECTION WHICH HE CALLED THE CAMEL WALK WHICH WAS INVENTED BY HIM IN 1967. AND BEFORE THAT HE DID A REVERSE MOONWALK WHILE HE WAS TWISTING HIS LEGS AT THE SAME TIME ON THE TAMI SHOW IN 1964 AT THE END OF THE SONG( OUT OF SIGHT).
I would have to say Chris Brown is a famous R&B singer and great dancer as well as Omarion Grandberry who used to be a member of B2K, both are very talented and got their moves and inspiration from the late Micheal Jackson.
Domenico da Piacenza or someone of that sort. Maybe some Dionysian even further back.
Michale Jackson was a pop choreographer of great energy and a fun guy to watch move, but I don't recall ever reading that he was a great student of the art of dance and, ultimately, "the best dancer of the world of all time." I'd say that the likes of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers and those sorts are rather the same sort of popular culture icons for their era.
EVERY BODY ON THIS SITE SO FAR SAY MIKE OR FRED ASTAIR WAS THE ALL TIME GREATEST DANCER BUT JAMES BROWN WAS LEFT OUT. IN 2007 BET PUT JAMES BROWN FIRST PLACE. I SAY JAMES BROWN AND MIKE WAS NECK TO NECK IF JAMES WASNT BETTER. JAMES BROWN PERFECTED THE MOONWALK GOING IN A FORWARD DIRECTION WHILE MAKING HIS LEGS LOOK LIKE YHEY WERE GOING BACKWARDS ALSO JAMES BROWN DID THE ROBOT BEFORE MIKE DID HIS FIRST ROBOT. IF YOU DONT BELIEVE ME GO TO(VIDEO) JAMES BROWN 1973 GOOD FOOT AND LOOK FOR HIM TO HAVE ON A BLACK HAT AND A BLACK OUTFIT
wow - you can't just choose one - so many different dances so many different dancers -
personal favorites: Nijinsky, Nureyev, Plysetskaya, Barishnikov, Fonteyn, Judith Jamison, Alvin Ailey, Bo Jangles, Martha Graham, Katherine Dunham, Bob Fosse, Jerome Robbins, Cyd Charisse, Gene Kelley, Gregory Hines, Sammy Davis Jr. - could go on and on, forgotten names of more than I remember
great tango dancers too - Nestor Ray - and many others
to ask for one best - that's impossible to answer!
As a musician and music lover, I have grappled with an answer to this question since MJ's sad passing, if there ever will be one.To me, good music entertains us. But great music must inspire and fuel passion within us....
My opinion is that Michael Jackson was a kid toucher, bottom line. I loved Jackson's music when I was a kid, but when he started bleaching his skin and wearing shin guards, I realized something wasn't quite right...
Michael Jackson it appeared made a speech and released things near his death that he never did before, did he have a feeling that he was going to die?, was someone threatening him?, was he murdered? and is he worth more...
I think "Man In The Mirror" represents Mike best. He was about everything good. He wanted people to change their thinking and behaviors. This would change how people treat each other and the environment.
Since, Michael Jackson newest documentary is out about the late great artists departure. I became quite curious to see how the world feels about his legacy. Therefore, I'm launching this post to get feedback...