Janet Jackson Reunites Veteran Backup Dancers For “Rhythm Nation” Performance

"I became very close to those who danced with me, but even closer with who danced on tour with me."

Janet Jackson is back on the road, and she’s brought some old friends along for the ride.

The legendary pop singer is currently performing live on her State of the World Tour, and this past weekend she hit the Hollywood Bowl in L.A. for a special live version of her 1989 hit, “Rhythm Nation.”

Jackson has performed “Rhythm Nation” countless times over the decades, but the performance at the Hollywood Bowl was special because she reunited some of her past and current dancers for an epic dance onstage, as they all performed the choreography together.

One of her dancers dancers, Jenna Dewan Tatum, is the wife of Channing Tatum. Dewan danced with Jackson on her All For You Tour from 2001-2002, and shared her love for her fellow dancers on Instagram:

“Generations of Janet kids brought together….!” wrote Dewan. “Dancing for her was always way more than a job, it was being part of a legacy. I have been pinching myself all day being in a room years later dancing with these legends. Excited to share soon.”

According to Entertainment Tonight, Channing was watching from the audience. Other famous faces in the crowd included Christina Aguilera, Jennifer Hudson, Gayle King and Magic Johnson.

“When I was a baby, my brothers were always working. Always going on tour, and I was so close to them. I missed them so much,” Jackson told the audience before she introduced the dancers. “It was sad for me. I missed that sense of family, that bond. I started my career when I was seven years old, and I was fortunate enough to be able to sing with my brothers and my sisters. We were all together, so I got that sense of family, that bond, back.”

“Several years later, when my solo career took off I was about 19 years old. It was a sad time for me — it was sweet and sour. The sadness, that family, that sense of family, that bond, was gone for me again. And it was at that moment that I decided to create a family of my own. I became very close to those who danced with me, but even closer with who danced on tour with me.”
 

Her epic State of the World reunion occurred on a special weekend for Jackson: It was the 20th anniversary of her Grammy-winning album, The Velvet Rope. The album was a huge hit, eventually selling more than 10 million copies worldwide. It spawned classic hits like “Got ’til It’s Gone” and “Together Again,” the latter inspired by her gay friends she lost to AIDS.

We are so glad Miss Jackson is back and performing for the children who adore her.

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