Twenty-three years ago a fresh faced up and coming dance diva with a famous last name met another up and coming dance diva and together they made history.
In 1986 Janet Jackson was still trying to overcome the large shadow her last name and older brother, Michael, had cast on her. The singer had just recorded her third solo album, Control, and set out to create an image and style all her own.
In comes Paula Abdul who was an aspiring singer and dancer in her own right. Paula was also a Laker Girl and the teams head choreographer. The two came together and the rest as they say is history. Paula choreographed several of Janet’s videos from the Control LP, including my favorite, Control.
Click the image above to see a larger view of Paula teaching Janet some of the moves that made her famous- and check out some of Paula and Janet’s best work below in Janet’s now iconic Control video.
Btw, Janet lamented years after this video was made that she was at her “heaviest” when it was shot. Clearly she is bigger than she was in the videos for Nasty, What Have You Done For Me Lately and Let’s Wait A While. I however think this video clearly shows that even in her chubby state, Janet could still out dance most of the other dance divas in her day and today as well.