Dance Party Friday: James Brown's dance moves

2014-08-01T07:30:00Z Dance Party Friday: James Brown's dance movesArizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
August 01, 2014 7:30 am  • 

"Get on Up," the bio-pic of James Brown, a founding father of funk music who has the moniker "The godfather of soul," opens today.

The film is billed as a chronicle of "Brown's rise from extreme poverty to become one of the most influential musicians in history." And we expect dancing.

Serious dancing. Breathless, heart-pounding dancing. Plenty of Brown's swiveling ankles, feet moving at warp speed, dips, bends, splits and quick pop-ups.

He has been credited with inventing more than 100 dance moves.

"James Brown didn’t need a choreographer to teach him his famous dance moves: He made them up himself," says Speakeasy, a Wall Street Journal blog.

“Brown performed with such natural flash, no one could replicate what he was doing – though many have tried and come close, including Michael Jackson and Bruno Mars," said the Journal.

Here’s what the Journal blog lists as Brown’s top five essential dance moves:

  • The Camel Walk
  • The Mashed Potato
  • Funky Chicken
  • Boogaloo
  • The Split

Check out the accompanying videos for some of Brown's signature moves. 

"Get on Up," the bio-pic of James Brown, a founding father of funk music who has the moniker "The the king (or godfather of soul)," opens today. 

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