A question to any Moondancer who is reading this article: If you copy almost 100% a dance routine from a performance, will you claim that you create new moves by yourself?
And I really want to ask Dang Khoa the same question. His performance in “Vietnam’s Got Talent” show last night was overrated. Here is my review of his performance.
As some of you may know, there are many Moondancing performances in “Vietnam’s Got Talent” show. Actually he was one of a few young Moondancers who can do Moondancing moves quite well. The “Dangerous” performance he did in the previous round was good enough for those who are easy-going with young Moondancers. Many of my friends said to me that he only copy exactly the dance routine from Michael Jackson’s legendary “Dangerous” performance. Yes, they mean “exactly”, they can even tell that it was the dance routine by Michael Jackson from “MTV Music Award 1995”. Well, I told them that before creating something new, you had to do the good copy first and this boy had potential.
So, I was curious and excited to hear that Dang Khoa was gonna show some new dance moves that he created on his own. But his performance turned out to be a big thumb-down.
The first thing I would like to emphasize here: There is NOTHING even closed to New Dance Moves that he stated in his interview. He took the dance routine from “2 Bad” in the short movie “Michael Jackson’s Ghosts”. You can watch the video above to compare.
Secondly, his Moodancing technique has many flaws that I can make a list as followed:
2’47: his walk and turn around were too fast while the music was still slow
2’53: this move required the head and shoulder movement that he totally left out before turning the head to the right and the following steps were not strong enough
3’14: the kick was too low and weak
3’32: this dance move proved that he had no sense of music and melody at all! The three-step-dance-move switching to sidewalk was out-sync the music. He should have been stood there firmly and felt the beat to do some simple moves.
3’50: where’s the waving shoulder?
3’58: the steps were too narrow and weak, and again, the shoulder movement was not clear
4’03: the stopping point was not created by his arms
4’12: the arms should have been formed better
4’24: the toe stand was out-sync the music
4’40: the pointing arms looked really ridiculous because he did not even keep them straight to create the stopping points
Of course there are even more tiny flaws but I think those points above are enough. Some may say I am envy with this boy to post this article. Keep saying whatever you want. My score for this boy: 5.5/10. I am certainly the most difficult judge in “Dancing the dream” contest so my expectation is very high. Please, don’t say that he is good enough to be a small child who can dance like that. I even have some disciples who are even smaller that can dance better. This boy has “potential”, not “talent”. For me, the best “2 Bad” performance by a Moondancer that I have ever watched is the one performed by Long Michael, the first generation Moondancer in Vietnam.
If any of you reading this article knows Dang Khoa, just send him my words. If I had a chance to meet Dang Khoa, I would give him a free short training to improve his Moodancing skill. Yes, it is Free (normally I charge a high price for a Moondancing training, you know). As I said, he has “potential” and I’d like to see another Moondancer who can spread out the MJ’s spirit. Certainly, I will tell him that Moodancing is not simply copying a dance routine to self-claim that you created on your own.