On Dance


"Consciousness expresses itself through creation. This world we live in is the dance of the Creator. Dancers come and go in the twinkling of an eye but the dance lives on. On many an occasion when I am dancing, I have felt touched by something sacred. In those moments, I felt my spirit soar and become one with everything that exists. I become the stars and the moon. I become the lover and the beloved. I become the victor and the vanquished. I become the master and the slave. I become the singer and the song. I become the knower and the known. I keep on dancing and then, it is the eternal dance of creation. The Creator and the creation merge into one wholeness of joy. I keep on dancing — until there is only ... the dance."

Michael Jackson in his book Dancing The Dream


"Fred Astaire told me once: Michael Jackson can´t dance, he is the dance."

Arnold Klein, Michael´s dermatologist



"When Michael Jackson danced, every cell in his body danced. Every molecule and atom danced."

Keya Morgan, Filmmaker, Entrepreneur & CEO.


"He takes a step that you've been doing and then by the time he switches it around, you don't even recognize it. There is nothing new about thrusting your hips out, but when he does that with quick moves, the high kick out and that slow back-up step he does, people say, 'Jeez, what is he doing?' And he never lays on a move long enough for you to figure it out. I'm sure if he worked with Nureyev or Baryshnikov, he would come close to that level. Can he tap dance? I don't know. But then again I'd hate to leave my dancing shoes in his vicinity."

Sammy Davis Jr., the entertainer, on MJ in 1984


"Moving body is an art. Dance is the true expression of emotions by body movements. It's a wonderful thing to be on the floor, but feel free yet inexplicably, literally in the higher realms and do what you want ... It is an escapism, a way to get away from everything and just move your body to let all tension and pain to come out."

Michael Jackson




"When I see him dance and sing, it touches me, like a spirit; it moves me inside, sort of like the Holy Ghost. But it's more than singing and dancing; he manages to touch your soul."

Isiah Lord Thomas III, American former professional basketball player and coach, currently the president of basketball operations for the NBA’s New York Knicks


"No one will be able to replace him. But I know that the light that he emanated from the stage will live on with all of us who saw him for what he was and always will be - a great teacher, pure musical inspiration."

Ricky Martin, singer


"When Michael Jackson is singing it’s with an angel-voice and when his feet move you see God dance."
Sir Bob Geldof, irish musician, expert for Africa

"Before I took this, I wanted a dance photo. He was reluctant to dance as he does on stage until I asked everyone in the room to leave. Then he danced for 45 minutes, it was unbelievable. I totally sweated clothes."
Annie Leibovitz, photographer (1992)


"I would just get up and do my thing, but every so often I would look up and be dazzled by how naturally and how fluidly he worked. He was genuinely great to witness in person. He could have 80 people onstage all doing the same dance move, but he was the one guy who had that natural flow that nobody could match."


Question: "I've always wanted to know, how do you come up with a dance move, and how long does it take for you to put the choreography for a song together?"

Michael Jackson: "I pretty much just get in a room and I start to dance, and uh, I don't create the dance, the dance creates itself, really. You know, I'll do something and I'll look back... I'll look back on tape and I'll go, "Wow," I didn't realize I had done that. It came out of the drums. You become.... Dancing is about interpretation. You become.... You become the accompaniment of the music. So when you become the bass of Billie Jean, I couldn't help but do the step that I was doing when the song first starts, because, uh, that's what it told me to do. You know, if I turn around, spin, stop, move my legs to the side and then lift up the collar of my shirt, that's for that moment is an accompaniment."

Online audio chat, October 26th, 2001




"What I picked up on Michael Jackson is the way that he counts his rhythm with his feet and his neck at the same time is crazy... so he's hearing multiple things at once –- and I don't know anybody who does that."

Wyclef Jean

Dance rehearsals can go on past midnight, but this time I stopped at ten. "I hope you don’t mind," I said, looking up into space, "but that’s enough for today."
A voice from the control room spoke. "You okay?"
"A little tired, I guess," I said.
I slipped on a windbreaker and headed down the hall. Running footsteps came up behind me. I was pretty sure who they belonged to. "I know you too well," she said, catching up with me. "What’s really wrong?"

I hesitated. "Well, I don’t know how this sounds, but I saw a picture today in the papers. A dolphin had drowned in a fishing net. From the way its body was tangled in the lines, you could read so much agony.
Its eyes were vacant, yet there was still that smile, the one dolphins never lose, even when they die . . ."
My voice trailed off.
She put her hand lightly in mine. "I know, I know."

"No, you don’t know all of it yet. It’s not just that I felt sad, or had to face the fact that an innocent being had died. Dolphins love to dance - of all the creatures in the sea, that’s their mark. Asking nothing from us, they cavort in the waves while we marvel. They race ahead of ships, not to get there first but to tell us, "It’s all meant to be play. Keep to your course, but dance while you do it."
"So there I was, in the middle of rehearsal, and I thought, "They’re killing a dance." And then it seemed only right to stop. I can’t keep the dance from being killed, but at least I can pause in memory, as one dancer to another. Does that make any sense?"

Her eyes were tender. "Sure, in its way. Probably we’ll wait years before everyone agrees on how to solve this thing. So many interests are involved. But it’s too frustrating waiting for improvements tomorrow. Your heart wanted to have its say now."
"Yes," I said, pushing the door open for her. "I just had this feeling, and that’s enough for today."

Enough For Today © 1992 Michael Jackson in his book "Dancing The Dream"