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Legendary mime Marcel Marceau died Saturday at

posted by Jason Kottke   Sep 23, 2007

Legendary mime Marcel Marceau died Saturday at age 84.

Michael Jackson borrowed his famous “moonwalk” from a Marceau sketch, “Walking Against the Wind.”

I tried to find video of that sketch but came up empty.

Update: Here’s some video of Marceau teaching wind walking to a class…and miming with Michael Jackson. (thx, andy & mike)

Update: Here’s a better video of Marceau doing his wind walk, from a Mel Brooks movie no less. (thx, manuel)

Denis Darzacq’s photos of dancers, caught in mid-flight. (thx, david)

posted by Jason Kottke   Feb 13, 2007

Denis Darzacq’s photos of dancers, caught in mid-flight. (thx, david)

Video of some fellows doing The Charleston

posted by Jason Kottke   Feb 01, 2007

Video of some fellows doing The Charleston to Around the World by Daft Punk. (via buzzfeed)

Update: The two fellows are Al Minns and Leon James…here’s the original video. In the final 30 seconds or so of the video, they almost look like they’re poppin’ and lockin’. (thx, paul)

Doin’ the robot has never looked so

posted by Jason Kottke   Jan 17, 2007

Doin’ the robot has never looked so good in this video for Uniqlo. (via wider angle)

Patented Michael Jackson moves

posted by Jason Kottke   Jun 13, 2006

You know that patented move that Michael Jackson does in the Smooth Criminal video where he leans and looks like he’s going to tip over but then he doesn’t? Turns out Jackson actually did patent that method back in 1993. The drawings are pretty funny.

BIRD FLU DANCE WATCH! A bird flu “

posted by Jason Kottke   Jun 07, 2006

BIRD FLU DANCE WATCH! A bird flu “riddim” from January 2006 from a student in South Africa (originally from Botswana). Not sure how this ties into either version of the flu dance (a third strain?).

Bird flu dance

posted by Jason Kottke   Jun 05, 2006

New crazy bird flu dance is all the rage in the Ivory Coast. “If we kill all our chickens and poultry, our cousins in the village will become poor. So I created the bird flu dance to put joy back into our hearts.” Article comes with a complimentary Funky Chicken joke…but not with a “this dance is sick, yo” joke.

Video of a man performing the history of dance. Awesome.

posted by Jason Kottke   May 09, 2006

Video of a man performing the history of dance. Awesome.

Sony Aibo dances to a Daft Punk song

posted by Jason Kottke   Jun 23, 2005

Sony Aibo dances to a Daft Punk song.

Researching quantum honeybees

posted by Jason Kottke   Jun 14, 2005

Researching quantum honeybees. Can bees detect quantum fields and use them to find food?

Learn how to dance like Napoleon Dynamite

posted by Jason Kottke   May 19, 2005

Learn how to dance like Napoleon Dynamite.

Trailer for Rize, David LaChapelle’s film about krump dancing

posted by Jason Kottke   May 16, 2005

Trailer for Rize, David LaChapelle’s film about krump dancing.

New iPod ad features some poppin’ and lockin’

posted by Jason Kottke   May 15, 2005

New iPod ad features some poppin’ and lockin’. And I’m pretty sure David “Elsewhere” Bernal is in there somewhere as well. Finally!