Dancing Usher Sends The Crowd Wild With Michael Jackson’s Dance Moves At Pistons Game

Sometimes great talents can spring up in unexpected places. That was the case when an usher working at a Detroit Pistons game seized the moment when the dance cam focused on him. As “Billie Jean” blasted through the arena, the usher suddenly broke out into flawless Michael Jackson dance moves. The dancing usher absolutely had it all: the precise footwork, the provocative hip moves, and the ability to cut some tasty shapes.

The crowd was absolutely loving it, and cheered on the usher as he busted out a series of funky moves. He’s clearly a die-hard Jackson fan, as he showed off several of his signature moves from across several of his hits. Then just as quick as the performance began, it ended, and he went right back to ushering the aisle. Needless to say, such a great performance quickly went viral online, attracting three million views.

The star of the show is a man named Shannon Sailes, and he is also known online as the dancing usher. Sailes can seriously dance like a pro, and you might think that he was just an entertainer pretending to be an usher. However, Sailes is the real deal, and he’s been working as an usher for the Detroit Pistons for several years.

Sailes’ story is an interesting one, as one night he just spontaneously danced when the dance cam focused on his section. His performance was a huge hit with fans, and he kept it up, with encouragement from the team’s management. He’s now a much-loved and widely recognized part of the Detroit Pistons organization and has put smiles on fans’ faces at many games. You can see another fun performance from Sailes below, where he pops and locks to Bruno Mars’ “Uptown Funk”.

Sailes has become quite the sensation since his dances went viral, and he’s been featured on the Today Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live, and Good Morning America. Sailes initially worked in security for the Pistons, then after moving to work as an usher, he gave his first spontaneous performance during the 2011-12 season. He spoke to the Detroit Free Press about his unexpected rise to fame, saying the first time he danced he was worried he was going to get fired because he was stepping on the entertainment department’s work. “Another usher came to me the first time I did it,” Sailes recounted, “and said, ‘You know, you can’t do that. You’re going to get fired today for that. You’re not supposed to be dancing.’” Luckily, the Detroit Pistons got behind Sailes’ dancing instead of firing him, and the rest is history.

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