Michael Jackson to invent new moonwalk
- Bang Showbiz
- 13 May 2009
Michael Jackson has hired 'High School Musical' director Kenny Ortega to help him come up with a new signature dance move ahead of his 'This Is It' summer London residency
Michael Jackson is working on a new signature dance move.
The 'Thriller' singer has hired leading choreographer Kenny Ortega - who he worked with on his 'Dangerous' and 'HIStory world tours - to come up with a unique move to rival his famous moonwalk ahead of his 'This Is It' summer London residency.
Kenny said: "He's working on something new, but I'm sworn to secrecy."
The dance expert - who also directed Disney's hit 'High School Musical' movies - is thrilled to be working with the pop icon ahead of his 50 history-making concerts.
He said: "To be invited to partner him again is a dream come true. He is a creative mastermind and inspires every one of us to climb to new places and conquer new challenges.
"He is the most significant artist and entertainer of our generation."
The pair have already started working with Michael's 10 new backing dancers - eight men and two women - and rehearsals are well underway for the 50-year-old star's run of shows at The O2 arena, which open on July 8.
Randy Phillips, from AEG - the company staging the shows - has promised fans they will not be disappointed with the "state-of-the-art" production.
He said: "The stage set, choreography, costumes, lighting, effects and overall production will be of the highest standard and are pushing state-of-the art."
Randy has also quashed reports Michael was planning to open the concerts by riding an elephant onto the stage.
He said: "There will be no animals."
According to Randy, the shows will also feature 22 different stage backdrops and there will be 18-22 songs on the playlist.