Founded in 1982, International Dance Day seeks to promote the art of dance globally. The founding body, the International Dance Committee of the International Theatre Institute selects a special personality each year to spread the special message on this International Dance Day of dancing.
Dance is both an art form and a method of communication in cultures globally which is practiced by millions of people. The art of dance actually touted as a way to spread the message and this is International Dance Day is being celebrated to honor the dance art form.
When we are talking about Dance and on this International Dance Day we should not mention Michael Jackson this is not possible. He is the man himself to define the term dance properly. The legendary dancer Michael Jackson is still addressed as “The king of pop” and he also transformed the face of pop music and popular culture in worldwide.
Actually, Michael Jackson was blessed with the X-factor, music expertise and musical dancing extravaganza. His biggest USP was his self-produced songs and videos, which is a rare combination in the music world.
Let discuss some lesser known facts of the dancing legend Michael Jackson:
1). Born to a boxer!
Michael Joseph Jackson was born on August 29, 1958, in Gary, Indiana. His father, Joseph Jackson, was a former boxer, steelworker, and a guitarist for his family he also worked as a crane operator. His mother, Katherine Esther Scruse, was a devout Jehovah’s Witness, and she was also engaged in the work of departmental store. He had a big family with 3 sisters and 5 brothers.
2). He was being the victim of childhood abuse!
MJ’s father was violent with him and his brothers. He faced physical and emotional violence and abusing in front of his dad. But Michael Jackson also gives credited to his dad and his strict discipline which helped him to grab success.
3). Foundation of Jackson Brothers and music!
In 1965, his father made a band called “Jackson Brothers” in this brand he includes him alongside Marlon and his brothers Jackie, Tito, and Jermaine as backup musicians.
4).When first he taste success!
In 1966, he named his group as the “Jackson 5”. Fortune turned for them, as the same year, Jackson also won by performing James Brown’s “I Got You”. From 1966 to 1968 they toured to have much achievement. The Jackson 5 also performed at clubs and cocktail sprawled. They also emerged as the winner weekly amateur night concert at the Apollo Theater in Harlem.
5). Jackson 5 started recording of their song:
In the late 60’s and early 70’s, the Jackson 5 recorded so many songs including, Big Boy, The Love You Save, I’ll Be There, Got to Be There, I Want You Back, and so on.
6). From Jackson 5 to Jacksons!
Michael Jackson steals the show completely in the 1970s and he also proved his worth in only some handful of decades. The band was in tour globally to release some 6 more albums between 1976 and 1984. The song like Shake Your Body, This Place Hotel, Can You Feel It and singles like Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough, and Rock with You are considering biggest hit of the band.
7). The turning point…
In 1983, his album- Thriller became blockbuster around 65 million copies were sold in that era.
8). And the Moonwalk…
In 1983, with around 47 million viewers, Motown received a massive success where Jackson performed “Billie Jean” and also display his eminent dance move called “The Moonwalk.”
9). Pepsi is the vital cause behind his face!
As per report after signing a $5 million deal with Pepsi-Cola, he got badly injured during filming a commercial for them. It caused burns to his face and scalp. When his injuries were getting addressed, he went with the plastic surgery.
10).MJ is the most awarded artist!
Michael Jackson has been recorded in 23 Guinness World Records, 40 Billboard Awards, 13 Grammys, and 26 American Music Awards.
11). Michael Jackson has been produced the best-selling album of all time!
His album “Thriller” is the best-selling album of all time with around 65 million copies has been already sold.
12). Most costly video ever!
Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson were featured together in the most costly video ever “Scream” with a whopping budget of $7,000,000.
13). Michael Jackson had a grand comeback!
Before his death, MJ received a grand comeback with 50 shows he did in London only.
14). Son-in-law of Elvis Presley!
MJ’s 1st marriage with Elvis Presley’s daughter Lisa Marie Presley took place in 1992 but it lasted only for 1+ years. Later, he tie-knot again in 1996, with Deborah Jeanne Rowe and blessed with 2 kids, Michael Joseph Jackson Junior and a daughter, Paris Michael Katherine Jackson. But later on, MJ took divorced from her too.
15). MJ was an avid fan of comedy!
MJ was an avid fan of “The Three Stooges”, an American vaudeville and comedy act.
16). Michael Jackson suffered from a rare skin disease!
In 1993, Michael Jackson diagnosed with Vitiligo, which is a rare skin disease. In this disease, the pigment is lost from some skin areas which result in causing whitish patches.
17). His Lean move was original
MJ’s popular “leans” in Smooth Criminal was original “anti-gravity illusion” shoe.
18). He, fortunately, escapes 9/11!
On the morning of 9/11, he was about to be in Twin Towers but missed it because he overslept.
19). His love for the pet!
Pets played an important part in his life. He had mice, snakes, birds, llamas, tigers, dogs, and cats, but his consider Bubbles- the chimpanzee as his favorite pet.
20).His unexpected and sudden death
On June 25, 2009, Michael Jackson died at his home on North Carolwood Drive in the Holmby Hills when he became the victim of the cardiac arrest.
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