Young performers enjoy a moonwalking masterclass with the stars of Thriller Live
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Michael Jackson's moonwalking was legendary, and a group of Norfolk dancers have been quite literally following in the King of Pop's footsteps by learning his most iconic dance move.
Members of the all-male dance group Legacy enjoyed a moonwalk masterclass today at The Garage with performers from Thriller Live, the show celebrating the magic of Michael Jackson which is currently at Norwich Theatre Royal.
Sean Christopher, the show's dance captain, wowed the Legacy boys with his dancing to the Michael Jackson hit Billie Jean before sharing some tips on how to do the moonwalk and getting them all to have a go.
'When the music came on he [Michael Jackson] just let his body flow to the music,' he told them, and he also praised the Legacy members for their own enthusiasm for dance.
'I want to say a massive congratulations, because to see so many young male dancers in a dance studio in 2017 is a great thing - keep on it.'
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Britt Quentin and Vicky Pasion, both Thriller Live lead vocalists, also answered the boys' questions and spoke to them about being in the show and how they started their careers. While the Legacy boys were in awe of the trio, the Thriller Live performers seemed equally impressed with the young dancers.
Mr Quentin, the touring show's resident director, said: 'They [the Legacy members] are very passionate about what they do, which is great. I thought their moonwalking was pretty good - they got it faster than I did!
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'I hope they come away with some inspiration from us and the show, because that's what happened to me when I was their age, I was inspired by other people and other shows.'
When asked for his tips on perfecting Michael Jackson's dance moves, he said: 'Study from the master and practice, because that is what we do. Sometimes in the interval of the show even there are videos of Michael Jackson on because we are still studying.' About the moonwalk, he said: 'You have to make it look effortless. It's supposed to be smooth and look like you are gliding on air.'
Among the Legacy dancers was Harry Lowe, 16, from Caister-on-Sea, who said: 'I would like to be a professional dancer and to have people in the business telling you, 'go for it,' is a real boost.'
He said he was looking forward to perfecting the moonwalk.
'The way he did it was so smooth, it was brilliant. I haven't mastered it yet but I've got the basic moves.'
Jack Jarvis, 13, from Saxthorpe, said the masterclass was 'incredible.'
'Hearing their own personal stories about how they started was very inspiring,' he said.
'The moonwalk was hard. I'm definitely better than I was before but I need to practice. He made it look so easy - I would like to be that good one day.'
Thriller Live is at Norwich Theatre Royal until Saturday. To book, call 01603 630000 or visit www.theatreroyalnorwich.co.uk