Jackson made his debut on the music scene as a child, performing with his brothers as the group The Jackson Five.
Off the Wall (1979), Bad (1987), Dangerous (1991), HIStory (1995), and his 1982 Thriller are the world's best-selling records.
In the early 1980s, he became the first African-American entertainer to amass a strong crossover following on MTV.
Videos such as Black or White and Scream made Michael Jackson an enduring staple on MTV in the 1990s.
Spreading awareness about social issues can be a lot of fun when packaged with a generous dose of entertainment. At their annual event, city-based Split-Sole Dance Academy (SSDA) will aim to not only showcase its students’ expertise in various dance forms but also send out a positive message to people.
“This year, our event called Show Off will offer a visual treat to its viewers by presenting its ace style — jazz funk —and other genres such as lyrical, contemporary, old school jazz, hip hop and a very special Michael Jackson tribute,” says Mrigakshi Jaiswal, a senior instructor. She adds, “Some of our senior students will showcase the after-effects of the atom bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki through lyrical contemporary choreography while others will perform a jazz-funk routine that takes a stance against smoking and drugs.”
The event will be held on January 10 at St. Andrew’s Auditorium, Bandra (W). Over 130 students will perform a range of dance styles rehearsed over the past two months. Recently, a few students from the academy shot and uploaded a parody video of ‘Gangnam style’ featuring a Psy lookalike. The video has received close to 4,000 views over the fortnight.