The Dancing and Music of Michael Jackson Celebrated On “Dancing With The Stars”

Season 9 dancers pay tribute to Michael Jackson on "Dancing With The Stars". (Photo:ABC)

Season 9 dancers pay tribute to Michael Jackson on "Dancing With The Stars". (Photo:ABC)

Dancing With The Stars was a “Thriller” night on Tuesday as all of the professional dancers performed a special tribute to Michael Jackson. Performing in the tribute were Season 9 dancers Kym Johnson, Karina Smirnoff, Cheryl Burke, Dmitry Chaplin, Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Edyta Sliwinska, Anna Trebunskaya, Alec Mazo, Lacey Schwimmer , Jonathan Roberts, Mark Ballas, Tony Dovolani, Anna Demidova, Louis van Amstel, Chelsie Hightower  and Derek Hough. The show has danced to 17 performances over the years to songs of Michael Jackson. Clips and interviews were shown throughout the show with the professional dancers talking about Michael Jackson. ” He is an inspiration to anyone who wants to dance ” stated dancer Mark Ballas. Michael’s siblings, Jermaine Jackson and LaToya Jackson also spoke on the taped tribute talking about Michael’s love of dance and his love for the show Dancing With The Stars.

The dancers performed to “I Want You Back”, Man In The Mirror” and “Thriller”. Latoya Jackson introduced the musical tribute.

Along in the audience with LaToya Jackson were Michael’s mother Katharine Jackson and brother Jermaine Jackson.

Dancing With The Stars airs Monday and Tuesday nights on ABC.

Moments From The Michael Jackson Memorial

Michael Jackson Memorial Program

Michael Jackson Memorial Program

Friends, family and a world on fans came to say goodbye to Michael Jackson in a memorial at The Staples Center on Tuesday.

A host of celebrity friends, including Queen Latifah, Brooke Shields, Mariah Carey, Usher, Jennifer Hudson, Stevie Wonder, Motown Records Founder Berry Gordy, Lakers Magic Johnson and Kobe Bryant, Lionel Richie, John Mayer, brother Jermaine Jackson and daughter Paris Jackson,  remembered the singer with moving words and songs.

Here’s a look back at some moments from the event. Michael Jackson 1958-2009.

Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee: “We are the world and we are better because Michael Joseph Jackson lived. On behalf of myself and the people who are here, Michael Jackson, I salute you.”

President Barack Obama, asked about the outpouring of emotion related to Jackson’s death during an interview in Moscow: “There are certain people in our popular culture that just capture people’s imaginations. And in death, they become even larger. Now, I have to admit that it’s also fed by a 24/7 media that is insatiable.”

Brooke Shields, recalling a moment she shared with Jackson at Elizabeth Taylor’s 1991 wedding: “We snuck in and took pictures of ourselves next to her dress. We always seemed to revert to being little kids.”

Jennifer Hudson’s Tribute to Michael:

Paris Jackson’s Speaks About Her Father: