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Man charged with assault after demanding moonwalk dance at gunpoint

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Michael Jackson performed the moonwalk for the first time on television on "Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever" in 1983.

A 30-year-old Idaho resident was charged with felony assault when he took his love of dance a step too far and allegedly forced another man to perform Michael Jackson's always-tricky moonwalk routine at gunpoint.

According to a report in the Coeur d'Alene Press, sheriff's deputies arrived at the home of John Ernest Cross on Monday after being informed he was using drugs and had ordered another man to make with the moves made famous by the late King of Pop -- or else.

On Tuesday, Cross' bail was set at $20,000, and he was ordered not to contact the other man.

Of course, as dance buffs know, even if Cross' as-yet unidentified and unwilling dance partner managed to master the moonwalk, he wasn't just following in Jackson's back-sliding footsteps. The origins are said to go back to jazz great and bandleader Cab Calloway or even earlier, though no one can deny Jackson made the move a pop culture fixture.

Check out some gun-free, early inspirations for the dance in this YouTube clip:

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