I don't dance that well myself, but I certainly appreciate a music video with tight, innovative dancing throughout. It seems like artists and dancers took it more seriously back in the day, but that's just my opinion. I just don't see much in the way of inspiring choreography--something that will make me want to emulate the moves in my living room like I did back then. For real, they don't dance no mo'--all they do is this. Anyway, here are five of my favorite dance videos. Let's rock!
Troop: "Spread My Wings" (1989)
I remember when I first saw this video; I was floored. Troop was already known for their intensive dance moves and choreography, but the clip for the remixed version of "Spread My Wings" took it to a new level for the time. Around 2:38 is when it really pops off. See if you don't do the Running Man, at least in your head.
Janet Jackson: "Pleasure Principle" (1987)
There had to be a Janet video on my list, but it was tough to narrow it down to one. I went with "The Pleasure Principle" because it featured no one but Jan in the clip, and it was just so striking. She'd lost weight, toned up a bit, straightened the hair (or the wig as it were), and just impressed us with her presence. To me, this is when I first thought of her as someone who could be an icon. Between the chair tip and the broken mirror scene around 3:48, it's a wrap.
Missy Elliott feat. Ciara & Fatman Scoop: "Lose Control" (2005)
Like most Missy videos, there is so much going on here. I think what makes this video unique is the different settings that the dancers are featured in: in the middle of the desert during a virtual dust storm, to what looks to be an abandoned juke joint, to the scenes when everyone is dancing in line in the middle of the road. This video is just hot--the Cybotron-inspired track demands that.
Michael Jackson: "Smooth Criminal" (1988)- Advertisement -
Not much needs to be said. Mike was really at the pinnacle of his art, and it is reflected with his moves here. The way the choreography is integrated with the dice game, the pool table scene, and the countless extras who all danced...just flawless. It all begins to go fever pitch at 2:40, when you realize that this dude is not only a dancer, he's a magician.
Jody Watley: "Still A Thrill" (1987)- Advertisement -
I remember being really intrigued by the overall visuals in this video, as well as the movement. Here, Watley dances alone and with partner (and fellow former Soul Train dancer) Tyrone Proctor. Peep the way he playfully drags her across the floor at 2:32--classic. Jody Watley is giving you so much "fierce" here--this proves why she's a legend.- Advertisement -
What are some of your favorite dance videos?