Even the late Whitney Houston acknowledges Spears' talent. Once, on the X Factor (UK), she was mentoring an act, and the contestants were planning on singing one of her Britney's hits. Whitney's advice? She said "With Britney, it's about the dancing." So if a respectable star such as Whitney Houston understands what Britney's artistry is, why can't the haters move on? Jealousy perhaps?
Okay, so maybe you're thinking. So what if Britney can dance? Do we really need another Janet Jackson?
Well, Janet is Janet. But you can't discount the fact that Britney has carved out a name for herself. When she dances, you just can't help it but stop and watch. Britney's grace sets her apart from the other dance artists -- yes, this includes those who have come before her. This is one of the main reasons why Britney can't be simply dismissed as an untalented girl the way haters describe her.
Let me give you the "anatomy" of Britney's dancing, and why her fans can't get enough of her.
1. Feminine moves, but with a swag
If you watch "America's Best Dance Crew," you'll notice how powerful the women dancers' moves are. There's no doubt in my mind that you'll get easily impressed. But if there's one word that best describes their moves, it's the word "masculine."
Britney doesn't do ballet. She dances to her own music, but she does it with grace. Her moves are very feminine and sexy, yet you can't deny that the girl has got swag. And if you watch her videos over and over, you'll notice that a simple raising of her arm is done in a graceful way that it can be considered a dance move. Am I missing something? Because I haven't seen a pop star move the way Britney does.
If I remember it correctly, one episode in Glee was dedicated to this. But to give you an idea of what hairography is, an article I read a few years back defines hairography as "the use of hair movements to pass as a dance move." One Youtube commenter said that Britney is the master of hairography. I have to admit that it's true.
Until now, I'm still amazed at how she does it. I've seen other pop stars and dance artists whip their hair back and forth, but none of them does it as gracefully as Britney does. Even if most of her face is covered with her hair, she still looks amazing. It's as if every part of her body has a life of their own.
3. Dancing in women's clothes
Can you dance in heels like Britney does? I don't know about you, but even Victoria Beckham says wearing heels hurts her feet. So what more if you dance in them? How does Britney do what she does?
Other dance artists try to wear baggy and loose clothes to either mask their dance moves or to add drama to them, but Britney can wear a dress and still be graceful.