The Evolution of Dance from 1950 to 2019: A 7-Decade Joy Ride in 6 Minutes

I see Michael Jackson as a dance fashion, okay? — Ricardo Walker 

Ricardo Walker and his Crew’s The Evolution of Dance, 1950 to 2019 will make you remorse each minute spent hugging the wall in center college.

The breakneck, 6-minute romp led by dancer, choreographer, and Michael Jackson impersonator Ricardo Walker, not solely showcases the all-male Brazilian crew’s expertise, it makes a powerful case for throwing your self into some severe dance flooring silliness.




The Crew, shaped by a mutual ardour for the King of Pop’s strikes, is a lot cool, however their willingness to ham their manner by means of “Flashdance…What a Feeling,” the “Macarena,” and Dirty Dancing’s “Time of My Life” recommend that the fun of dance can be found to abnormal mortals equivalent to ourselves.

They cavort in sagging early 90s-style Hammer Pants for “U Can’t Touch This” and don Western put on for Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road,” the newest quantity on this musical tour.

Troupe members Gabriel Zaidan and Alexandre “Lelê” Mayrink appear unhampered by self-importance, tossing their enviable locks into the 35 costume adjustments’ goofiest kinds.

The Crew took 16 hours to get the video within the can on a day when considered one of their quantity felt beneath the climate, and so they needed to be out of the studio by 7pm. (Our compliments to the editor!)

Whereas such hits as Chubby Checker’s “Let’s Twist Again,” Jackson’s “Billie Jean,” Madonna’s “Vogue,” Beyoncé’s “Single Ladies,” and — who may overlook? — “Gangnam Style” immediately summon a interval, the 90s placement of Tom Jones’ signature tune, “It’s Not Unusual,” is throwing viewers for a loop.

How did that outdated chestnut wind up between Madonna and Backstreet Boys?

By advantage of its first studio model, launched in 1995 as a part of the compilation album The Legendary Tom Jones — 30th Anniversary Album, that’s how.

Previous to their virtuoso flip within the Evolution of Dance, 1950 to 2019, the group guided viewers by means of the Evolution of Michael Jackson’s Dance. (Jackson’s affect can be evident all through the previous, incomes him four nods.)

For these whose ft have begun to itch, choreographer Walker teaches a Master Class in Michael Jackson’s dance moves for $100.

Songs utilized in The Evolution of Dance — 1950 to 2019 — by Ricardo Walker’s Crew

00:03​ – 00:13​ – Singin’within the Rain – Gene Kelly

00:13​ – 00:23​ – Hound Canine – Elvis Presley

00:23​ – 00:30​ – Tutti Frutti – Little Richard

00:30​ – 00:35​ – Let’s Twist Once more – Chubby Checker swap to paint

00:35​ – 00:45​ – I really feel good – James Brown

00:45​ – 00:57​ – I Need You Again – The Jackson 5

00:57​ – 01:09​ – Stayin’ Alive – Bee Gees

01:09​ – 01:16​ – Dancing Machine – The Jacksons

01:16​ – 01:20​ – Shake your Physique – The Jacksons

01:20​ – 01:24​ – You’re the one which I would like – John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John

01:24​ – 01:31​ – Time of My Life – Invoice Medley, Jennifer Warnes

01:31​ – 01:46​ – Billie Jean – Michael Jackson

01:46​ – 01:55​ – Rhythm Nation – Janet Jackson

01:55​ – 02:03​ – FootLoose –  Kenny Loggins

02:03​ – 02:13​ – Thriller – Michael Jackson

02:13​ – 02:18​ – What a sense – Irene Cara

02:18​ – 02:22​ – U can’t contact this – MC Hammer

02:22​ – 02:31​ – Black or White – Michael Jackson

02:31​ – 02:42​ – Vogue – Madonna

02:42​ – 02:51​ – It’s commonplace – Tom Jones

02:51​ – 03:02​ – Everyone – Backstreet Boys

03:02​ – 03:13​ – Macarena – Los Del Río

03:13​ – 03:26​ – Crank That – Soulja Boy

03:26​ – 03:33​ – Single Girls – Beyonce

03:33​ – 03:46​ – Bye Bye Bye – NSYNC

03:46​ – 03:54​ – Ragatanga – Rouge

03:54​ – 04:04​ – Gangnam Fashion – PSY

04:04​ – 04:15​ – Despacito – Luis Fonsi

04:15​ – 04:25​ – Uptown Funk – Mark Ronson , Bruno Mars

04:25​ – 04:34​ – Occasion Rock Anthem – LMFAO

04:34​ – 04:43​ – Can’t Cease The Feeling – Justin Timberlake

04:43​ – 04:51​ – Watch Me – Silentó

04:51​ – 05:03​ – Swish Swish – Katy Perry

05:03​ – 05:17​ – In My Feeling – Drake

05:17​ – 05:35​ – Previous City Highway – Lil Nas X

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Ayun Halliday is an creator, illustrator, theater maker and Chief Primatologist of the East Village Inky zine.  Observe her @AyunHalliday.

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