The Lean was orginally seen in the
Criminal music video which was from the movie Moonwalker.
Basically the lean dance move in the video was a special effect.
In an Online
Audio Chat - October 26, 2001Michael was asked : How do you
do that lean on the video to Smooth Criminal?
Michael: Oh, Smooth Criminal, well. That one happened ... it was
in the middle of the shoot and it wasn't .. I choreographed it right
at the moment. Took us an hour to execute it. It's a special effect
that we kind of lean as far as we can and, uh, we let the conveyor
belt do the rest.
So how does Michael peform it live on stage????
Well its all in Michaels
patented shoes which allow the wearer to lean forwardly beyond
there center of gravity. They have aspecially designed heel slot
which can be detachably engaged with the hitch member by simply
sliding the shoe wearer's foot forward, thereby engaging with the
As you can see in the video on the left one of Michael dancers
give a little insight into the move when it doesn't go so smooth.