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Former Rochester resident remembers dancing like Michael Jackson


ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC-DT) -- A former Rochester resident is remembering his three minutes of fame after imitating some Michael Jackson moves at a high school pep rally.

Michael Edens was a junior at Lourdes High School when he performed a self-choreographed dance to a Michael Jackson medley back in 1996.

He says he was inspired by the wild reaction of fans to Michael's legendary moonwalking and illusion dancing, but Edens' nerves got the best of him at the performance.

"As soon as my feet hit the floor my brain turned off amidst a flood of adrenaline. I entered fight or flight mode, forgot the routine, and started moving on instinct," Edens says. "I was subsequently floored by the reaction to my attempt at imitating Michael Jackson. The persona he created invites a crowd to go wild!"

The former Rochester resident is now 29 years old, working as a Visual Artist in Houston, Texas.

He drew a fedora hat the evening Jackson died as a personal tribute to the King of Pop.

Edens says he will always be a fan of Jackson and that his unique style inspired him to expand his own creative boundaries as an artist.

"Michael Jackson's death reminds me to keep living without creative regret," he says.


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