Did Paul Taylor invent the Moonwalk?…

I don’t know that there’s any way to corroborate or prove this, but…

Last night, I had the luxury of attending the opening night of Paul Taylor’s season at City Center, and at one point in the first piece, Images (set to a score by Debussy), Robert Kleinendorst does a dance move that appears to be what we now know as The Moonwalk!

Was anybody else there? Does anybody know anything about this!?

I checked on Wikipedia for Moonwalk history, and it doesn’t give a date for the origin of the move. It credits the Moonwalk’s international fame to a Michael Jackson performance in 1983 at the Motown awards. But Taylor’s dance is from 1977!

Below, a clip of Jacko himself. Moonwalk happens at 3:40, although, the entire performance is pretty amazing, and there’s a priceless shot of the jammin audience around 3:20…

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  1. No, Cab Calloway and Marcel Marceau did it before around the 30s and 40s.


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