"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
- The Split
Check out the accompanying videos for some of Brown's signature moves.