Mj Footworkz

by Terry Watson | September 18th, 2017
Kevin Hayes

Kevin Hayes

Make no mistake about it, Kevin Hayes is the real thing. Chances are you’ve seen his impersonation of Michael Jackson and probably thought you were looking at the late “King of Pop” himself. Kevin is just that good!

Kevin Hayes has been busy perfecting his craft and learning various dance styles such as African, Jazz, Hip Hop, Salsa, and Tap. He began dancing informally for family and friends before realizing he made people happy when he danced. At the age of 14, he attended Mount Tabor High School where he continued his love for dance as “Spartan” – the school Mascot. For three years (1987 – 1991), he dazzled the crowd with his fancy footwork, demanding the audience’s attention while doing what came natural, dancing.

For the next 26 years, he continued to grow and learn. His own style of dance is influenced and inspired by Boogaloo Shrimp, Chris Brown, Channing Tatum, Gregory Hines, James Brown, Janet Jackson, Levelle Smith Jr, the late Michael Jackson, Pavan Thimmiah, Shabba Doo, and Usher. He has danced for celebrity stars from the East to the West Coast. He has opened up for the Busta Brown Summer Festival, CIAA Half-Time (1997), Doug E. Fresh, Kid n’Play, Ki Ki Sheppard (Tribute to Roger Troutman), Outkast, and the Wu-Tang Clan. He has auditioned for America’s Got Talent (2014), Beyonce World Tour (2006), 102 Jamz Crew, and became a backup dancer for N-Tyce and performed with Mr. Bill’s Productions. He has won various dance titles and accolades for Best Dance Group – Dem Carolina Boyz & 85 South Boyz in 2006, 2010 and 2014. However, his most fulfilling and impressionable role is that of impersonating Michael Jackson.

In 2014, Kevin became the Founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Footworkz, LLC. “MJ Footworkz is my impersonation of Michael Jackson. I put on a full show with backup dancers and change into different costumes, and bring the magic and his legacy to life before your very own eyes.,” he says.

It all started when he joined the dance group Rambo Productions in 2001. As the years went on, he I was just trying, out of curiosity to see how the audience would react if he were to impersonate the late Michael Jackson. It succeeded, and he ended up in The Fayetteville Observer. From that day, MJ Footworkz has been going.

“God has impacted in my life to make the world a better place and to spread His love. I love to give people a reason to smile, and also give people great tears of joy. I love what I do,” says Kevin. He finds the most inspirations in God, his mother and father, fiance Shakura Hayes, his late cousin, Ricky Davenport and the Hayes/Davenport family.

In the future Kevin says he would like to go on tour and give back to communities all across the nation and around the world. “It can most definitely be done if you believe in God and yourself whole-heartedly,” he says. With that said, let’s see Kevin dance the night away!

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