Although Michael was not the first he was definately one of the best to ever do the moonwalk and on this day marks the 30th anniversary that the spectacular move was done.
On March 25th 1983, during the Motown 25 taping Michael took to the stage to break out his most memorable move. Till this day many have argued if he had made the dance up on the spot but in his book he goes on to share where he got his inspirartion from to do the move:
“I had been practicing the Moonwalk for some time,” he wrote in his 1988 memoir, which tellingly was titled Moonwalker, “and it dawned on me in our kitchen [on the night before the taping] that I would finally do the Moonwalk in public on Motown 25. Now the Moonwalk was already out on the street by this time, but I enhanced it a little when I did it. It was born as a breakdance step, a ‘popping’ type of thing that black kids had created dancing on the street corners in the ghetto…So I said, ‘This is my chance to do it,’ and I did it. These three kids taught it to me. They gave me the basics–and I had been doing it a lot in private. I had practiced it together with certain other steps. All I was really sure of was that on the bridge to ‘Billie Jean’ I was going to walk backward and forward at the same time, like walking on the moon.”