Picks and Pans Review: Laurieann Gibson's Favorite TV Dance Moments
updated 04/18/2011 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 04/18/2011 AT 01:00 AM EDT
1 MICHAEL JACKSON, MOTOWN 25 (1983)
"Billie Jean" was the best performance in TV history. The magic, simplicity, vocals, execution, timing-and he was under one light. Brilliant! Just when there was nothing else to do, he glided, added one slice of the street and introduced the moonwalk. To have that one single move be the move of generations-that's the power of the dance!
2 PRINCE & Beyoncé Knowles, GRAMMYS MEDLEY (2004)
Beyonce, like Prince, has great timing, from her hips to her energy to the power in her voice. Their elements of dance are so intricate and detailed and never wrong. There was so much electricity in their movements, and their color palette was delish. Prince is a huge source of inspiration when I [choreograph] for Gaga.
3 BRITNEY SPEARS, MTV VMAS (2001)
From the set and staging to the snake to how righteously she moved, that "I'm a Slave 4 U" performance was incredibly executed and amazingly designed. She was a superstar dancing at the highest level. I believe she still has that!
4 EMMETT SMITH & CHERYL BURKE, DANCING WITH THE STARS FINALE (2006)
I loved their chemistry, and [Emmett] was sexy! People think dancing is feminine, and here was the most masculine athlete dancing the samba effortlessly. That swagger gave him the go factor of a lion.