The King of Pop became the 44th dancer/choreographer to be inducted into the National Museum of Dance Hall of Fame a few nights ago. As all other inductees have come from the world of ballet or modern dance, Jackson is the first ever figure from the world of Rock and Roll to be inducted.
As soft spoken as his brother, Marlon Jackson accepted the award in Michael's honor saying that he wished Michael could be there in person to accept it himself. Marlon said, "I'm proud of him for what he accomplished in his life. That he's being recognized for his ability, his musical ability and dance ability, makes me feel good inside."
"He would've appreciated this," Marlon said of his brother, saying he was the type of person who never took praise of his talent or his many accolades and accomplishments for granted.
Michele Riggi, president of the dance museum's board of directors, said Jackson's trailblazing style of dance and his impact on the world of dance qualified him for the hall of fame.
"The moonwalk, I mean, he was the first to do that," she said. "And all his dance moves, from his robot dances to the moonwalk to all his gyrations and song and dance together, were such a unique style. Along with his music and dance, he was a complete person and so worthy of being inducted."
Riggi welled up with tears while reading a letter addressed to her from Katherine Jackson, Marlon’s and Michael’s mother, thanking the museum for the honor and recognition of her son’s achievements.
Jackson joins the ranks of such legendary figures in the hall as Isadora Duncan, Martha Graham, Jerome Robbins, Alvin Ailey, Paul Taylor, Robert Joffrey, Fred Astaire, Bill "Bojangles" Robinson and Bob Fosse. Their plaques hang side by side in the order they were inducted. At the end, now, will hang one for the King of Pop.