Ricardo Walker is the Man Mirroring Michael Jackson
What do you get when a talented dancer is inspired in his craft by the King of Pop? An amazing tribute video, and a re-imagination of the spirit of Michael Jackson in Ricardo Walker of Brazil.
SB (StarBeat): The Moves: How did you get into dancing?
RW (Ricardo Walker): I started to dance because of Michael, when I was around 7/8 years old I already tried to dance like him, I never thought that this could become my profession. So first of all I’m a Michael Jackson impersonator and later I studied others dance styles and became a professional dancer.
SB: Influencer: What shaped your style of dance?
RW: Of course Michael Jackson is my main inspiration in dance, but when I discovered popping/waving/hiphop I just loved it and I came to learn this with great dancers like Poppin John, Marie Poppins, Anthony Thomas, Matt Steffanina, Les Twin, and much more when I was living in LA.
SB: Imitation Game: What aspects of Michael Jackson made you want to become an impersonator?
RW: His unique way of dancing, the moonwalk, the spin, every move was so unique and magic for me. But I had always loved Michael not only because of his dance, but also because of the great songs and the great person that he was for the world, he is my inspiration in life, not just in dance.
SB: Video Star: What an amazing retrospective of MJ’s work in your video. How long did it take you to plan out and create that video?
RW: Thank you, that’s the video that I’m most proud of in my entire channel. I had this idea to do the evolution of his dance for around 2/3 years, but in LA I was always too busy studying dance. Since I came back to my city in Brazil, I decided to call my friends who are also great dancers to make this video with me. It was 3 days just to edit that mix that we did, more 4 days of rehearsal, 7 hours to film and more then 7 hours to edit. It was a LOT of work, but it was totally worth it, because I can see that Michael Jackson fans all around the world are enjoying it, that makes me really happy, it’s all for Michael and with LOVE.
SB: Present Tense: What current artists are most inspiring you?
RW: For sure Bruno Mars and Justin Timberlake, for me they are the best lately.
SB: Alternate Reality: If you weren’t a dancer, you would be…?
RW: A poker player, I just love to play poker, hehe.
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