Magazine article Dance Spirit

Michael Jackson's Legacy Lives On

Magazine article Dance Spirit

Michael Jackson's Legacy Lives On

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DS Remembers: A tribute to the late Michael Jackson. Also: A Green Day musical takes to the stage, V Factory breaks onto the boy band scene and The Dirt with Joey Dowling.

The hugeltf influential king of Pop leaves an umdeniable mark on the dance world.

MICHAEL JACKSON'S unexpected death on June 25, 2009, shocked the world. The superstar entertainer, who began his career with The Jackson Five when he was just 5 years old, went on to earn 13 Grammy Awards throughout his career. Jackson's Thriller holds the title of best-selling album of all time, and he was about to take off on his 50-date sell-out This Is It comeback tour when he died. His popular music videos like Beat It, BiIUe Jean and Black or White made Jackson an MTV staple. And then, ef course, there were the dance moves. Jackson's signature moonwalk became- and still is- a craze in the dance world. The dance community will forever remember Michael Jackson. -Alison Feller

"Words will never express how I felt when I was chosen for Michael's This Is It tour. Michael inspires me on every level. You can't explain the energy his presence brings-everything around you just comes alive. You come alive. My heart is broken, but I'll always cherish this experience." -Chris "Kriyss" Grant, dancer

"Michael Jackson was my Peter Pan, my first crush and my hero. I remember watching him moonwalk for the first time in shock. It was magic in the TV. He was always magic. His music is on every cassette, CD and playlist I've ever made. He is the greatest entertainer that has ever lived. Our memories of him are so similar, and in the end he was music. He is my music still." -Luam, NYC hip-hop teacher

"MJ is the reason I love dance. …

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