On September 18, 2013, exactly one year ago, Kenichi Ebina won the hearts of many, many fans while competing for and winning the eighth season of America’s Got Talent. With hypnotic dance moves and a humble personality, what’s not to love?
The 40-year-old, Japanese dancer was rewarded with $1 million as well as his very own Las Vegas show. Recently, one of his most mesmerizing performances has been making its way around the internet. This performance was a tribute to none other than the King of Pop, Michael Jackson.
Now I’ve seen a number of people try to recreate Michael Jackson’s dance moves, but their skills usually pale in comparison. This is where Ebina stands out. Not only does he nail Jackson’s moves with ease, he even throws in his own moves as well.
Titled “MJ is Forever Alive,” the tribute has Ebina dancing along to some of Jackson’s most beloved songs and even has an accompanying video montage which can be played along with his performance.
The best part of all is that this video was taken at the San Francisco HipHop DanceFest 2009– years before Ebina won America’s Got Talent. Despite his younger age, it is clear that he has natural talent and ability. Check out the awesome MJ tribute for yourself and tell us what you think.
Back in June of last year, Kenichi Ebina showed up on American television screens and proved that he was a force to be reckoned with. The 39-year-old dancer quickly gained an impressive fanbase while competing in the 8th season of America’s Got Talent.
His audition video has over 25 million views thus far. With an audition video going viral and a standing ovation from the judges, there was simply no denying Ebina’s talent. He plowed through the competition with performances that ranged from high-energy and fast-paced dances to slow and emotional routines.
On September 18, 2013, the humble and talented dancer was announced the winner of America’s Got Talent season 8. This was not a surprise for many viewers. After all, Ebina had been dancing since 2001 when he formed an award-winning dance group “BiTriP.”
So what has he been up to?
Apparently, Ebina has been quite active since his win. He has performed at many events and on TV shows internationally, taught dance in numerous countries, and directed and choreographed routines for theater companies.
But now, he’s ready to put on a show.
Ebina will perform two special “Kenichi Ebina Dance-ish Entertainment” performances on April 12 and 13 in the Pechanga Theater at Pechanga Resort & Casino.
Pechanga recently went through a multimillion dollar make-over which included a renovation of the hotel lobby, two restaurants and the addition of two more dining outlets. Although the resort may look new and improved, it still sticks with its core values of being “an Asian friendly destination with a great Asian host team and many Asian concerts for guests of different ethnicities.”
Needless to say, this show is sure to be a success.
Expect to see a thrilling performance by this solo, self -taught dance performer. Kenichi Ebina started out dancing Freestyle Hip-Hop and expanding to Poppin’, Lockin’, Mime, House, Jazz, Contemporary and Ethnic dance. His unique style of dance combines different illusion effects of sound, light and visual. He frequently interacts with characters on a huge video screen behind him, who have all been created and played by himself. His dance tactics entertain audiences who were not even interested in performing arts.
Tickets are $30, $45, $60 and $80 and go on sale Tuesday, February 25 at 3:00p.m. Tickets may be purchased in person at the Pechanga Box Office between 12:00p.m. and 8:00p.m., via telephone at (877) 711-2946 or online at www.Pechanga.com/Entertainment.
Months ago, Kenichi Ebina’s audition performance for America’s Got Talent went viral. Ebina stunned the judges and viewers nationwide with his “dance-ish” performance that included the robot, some gasp-worthy matrix moves, and entertaining martial arts.
Not only did the 39-year-old dancer’s video trend social media sites, he also gained a standing ovation from the judges and and continued on in the competition.
As the competition went on, Ebina continues to earn his spot at the top. His performances ranged from high-energy and fast-paced dances to slow and emotional routines. He easily kept the judges’ attention and became a fan favorite.
Last night, after one of the longest, heart-pounding pauses, Ebina was announced the winner of America’s Got Talent. Although Ebina was engulfed in lights, sparks, and confetti, he was unable to hide his surprise with the results and happily gave out his thank you’s to his family, friends, and fans.
Kenichi Ebina will be rewarded $1 million along with his very own Las Vegas show.
In honor of this very talented dancer winning, our Video of The Week is his mesmerizing audition piece. Check it out below as well as his winning moment. You can see all of this other performances here.
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