A survey conducted among 400 young people in the UK by the Disney Channel has revealed that the most iconic dance moments in history include Michael Jackson’s Smooth Criminal, High School Musical’s We’re All in This Together and Beyonce’s Single Ladies.

The findings were released to coincide with Akai launching Disney’s Shake It Up: Dance, Dance competition campaign.

Michael Jackson was crowned ‘king of dance,’ with 32% claiming him as their dance idol. JLS followed with 19%, then Zac Efron, star of Disney’s High School Musical, and Justin Timberlake.

The choreographers behind the dancers include Simeon Qsyea, who choreographed the video for JLS’s Beat Again, Kenny Ortega who choreographed the High School Musical routines and Frank Gatson and JaQuel Knight who choreographed Beyonce’s Single Ladies.

Young people dancing statistics

The survey found that:

  • *Dance is more popular than ever among young people with almost half of them dancing several times a week and 15% dancing every day.
  • *67% of those surveyed revealed that dancing makes them feel happy and a quarter said it gives them confidence.
  • *British kids are also confident when it comes to learning dance, with a third teaching themselves, 13% learning from music videos and 11% through friends.
  • *30% of those surveyed admitted they give their parents a helping hand when it comes to learning the best dance moves to stay current on the dance floor.

Survey source – Disney Channel