Mini Michael has the moves

EVERY day for the past four years Kawungan 13-year-old Matt Ryan has put on a Michael Jackson DVD or CD in his bedroom and practised the King of Pop’s dance moves.

He’s now honed his performance to such a degree that he’s begun performing in public.

He wowed the crowds at a Forget Me Not Children’s Home fundraiser at the weekend and this Saturday he’ll appear at Tin Can Bay’s Seafood Festival before performing at Z-Pac Theatre’s open day in Scarness on Sunday, October 3.

Matt said he had loved Michael’s music and dancing since a friend showed him a video clip of Smooth Criminal when he was nine.

“His music is amazing,” he said.

“I loved his music, I loved his work, so I just started impersonating him.”

The self-taught performer loves to get up on stage and said his dancing at the weekend was fun but exhausting.

“It was really amazing after the end,” he said.

“It was that really good feeling – my throat was sore, but I knew it was sore because I danced my heart out.”

Part of the Urangan State High School student’s room is dedicated to Michael with a collection of posters, CDs, DVDs, books and magazines on display.

In June last year when Michael died, Matt said at first he didn’t believe it, but when he saw it on the news he cried.

Matt said there was talk of Michael’s estate selling unreleased songs later this year so he was waiting for that and in the meantime he would love to perform more in public.

Anyone wanting to contact Matt can telephone his mum Lee on 0429 864 269.

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