Michael Jackson’s dance moves and songs made him a global figure in pop music thus getting the title ‘the King of Pop”. When fans saw him on dance floor, they were mesmerized with his dance steps such as Moon Walk and Smooth Criminal. No one ever thought that the anti-gravity lean ‘Smooth Criminal’ was possible due to a simple trick. In 1987, this might have been considered magical; something that only Michael Jackson could have done. Here is the secret behind the anti-gravity lean.
Michael and his dancers wore special shoes that had heels with slots. These slots were hitched onto pegs that were projected from the stage at predetermined time. The pegs were pulled from the stage after the move was performed.
These special shoes were patented with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in June 1992. Jackson, Michael L. Bush and Dennis Tompkins were named as inventors on the patent. This design took inspiration from footwear worn by astronauts who work in zero-gravity environments.
Before this, entertainers used cables around the dancer’s waist to create the anti-gravity effect but it was not possible for live performances. “Smooth Criminal” lean is the most memorable dancer’s move to date. The song was featured on 1987 ‘Bad’ Album and instantly got hit taking No. 7 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 List.
Well, now you know the secret behind the anti-gravity lean. Wasn’t it genius?