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Michael Jackson anti-gravity leaning live.

The anti-gravity lean is a dance move in which the dancer leans to a 45 degree angle giving the illusion that they are defying gravity. This move was used by Michael Jackson in the performances of "Smooth Criminal".


The Move.Edit

In the video, Michael Jackson performs a seemingly impossible forward lean by using hidden cables. To accomplish this maneuver for stage performances, though, Jackson patented a hitching mechanism which was built into the floor of the stage and the performer's shoes. The system consists of pegs that rise from the stage at the appropriate moment, and special shoes with ankle supports and cutouts in the heels which can slide over the pegs and be temporarily attached to the stage. These allow a performer to lean without needing to

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Michael Jackson anti-gravity leaning in the "Smooth Criminal" music video.

keep his center of mass directly over his feet. However, the trick still required very good core strength.

Using the Move live.Edit

During the HIStory World Tour, the concert in Moscow, Russia on September 17, 1996, Michael's one shoe had become unlatched from the stage, causing him to lose his balance. The sole of the shoe was re-designed after that performance. The pair of shoes used during the Moscow show were displayed at the Hard Rock Cafe in Moscow for several years; later they were sold at auction for $600,000 after Jackson's death in the summer of 2009.

He used the anti-gravity lean in all of of his concerts. In the documentary "Michael Jackson's This Is It", the anti-gravity lean is cut from the film, but it was rehersed.

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