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'Stranger' in the alley.
A2 man moonwaiks his way to campus stardom
Ann Arhnr native Brian Wooiridge
has heen dancing the moonwalk in
the alley behind the Liberty Square
parking structure since 1995.
Woolridge, 34, first began dancing
in the alley when he noticed that it
wasn't being used fnr anything else.
Sonn his sulo performances set
to Michael Jatkson began to garner
"I guess people would walk by
and watch," Woolridge said. "I
guess I became 'the Michael Jack-
Over the years, he's perfected his
technique by watching videos of
Jackson's performances, which have
heen given to him by other Michael
Jackson fans. He said his collec-
tion includes everything from tapes
of The Jackson Five's early variety
show performances to Jackson's solo
"You'd he surprised at the stuffI
have of him," said Woolridge, who
grew up with the nickname Michael.
"Probably stuff that people will never,
ever see again."
He lists "Sad," "Billie Jean" and
"The Way You Make Me Feel" among
his favorite songs to perform to. But
one tune, "Stranger in Moscow,"
from Jackson's epic HIStory two-disc
album, carries a deeper meaning for
Woolridge said he identifies with
the song's lyrics and its video, both of
which express feelings of loneliness
"I guess I'm really kinds isolated
sometimes," he said.
He said that while dancing helps
him deal with this isolation, it can also
contribute to it. Sometimes, people stop
to watch him. But when he approaches
them, they often walk away.
Once a crowd of police officers
stopped to watch.
"Should I put my hands up or
what?" he remembered thinking.
After watching for a few moments,
the officers moved on. But another
encounter with the law wasn't as
After an article appeared in a
local newspaper insinuating that the
"Michael Jackson dancer" had groped
a girl, officers approached Woolridge
while he was dancing across from
Mongolian Barbeque on Main Street
to ask him aboutcthe incident. The case
was later dropped because Woolridge
was at work at e time of the incident.
Woolridge said he can usually he
found dancing in the Liherty Street
alley on weekend afternoons after he
gets off work at the Meijer on Carpen-
ter Road, where he's employed as a jan-
itor. The recenttcold weather, however,
has kept him from dancing, he said.
He'll he dancing again at the Project
Suyana Date Auction on Feb. 2.
He said he*spends a lot of money
on batteries for his boombox and on
replacing shoes he has worn out over
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ackson musc in a Liherty Street alley last fall. Woolridge
sad he has wornro0670 number at pars of shoes dancng.
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