This Tribute to "The Greatest Showman" Is Glorious
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Look out, 'cause here they come!
To celebrate "This Is Me" from The Greatest Showman winning Best Original Song at the 2018 Golden Globes, Warner Music Japan has put together a stunning dance video that we just couldn't NOT share with y'all. The clip stars the Tomioka Dance Club, a high school dance team hailing from the major city of Osaka, Japan. These ladies are no strangers to fame: The team has won titles at the national level and even went viral in Japan last fall.
Filmed on location at Wakayama Municipal High School and choreographed by their coach/choreographer, who goes by the name akane, it's a powerful rendition of the anthem that's already inspired tons of original dances—just check Insta. But there's something—or maybe several things—about this version that really strike a chord. There are the dancers' uniforms, a not-so-subtle reminder of the bullying so many of us have faced at school. There's the exuberant last verse filmed on the roof of the school. (Watch all the way to the end; you won't regret it.) There's the unstoppable girl-power magic that pulses through every single shot. And then there's the fact that The Greatest Showman doesn't even open in Japan for another month, yet there's already this INCREDIBLE official music video—Talk about a universal message!
School of American Ballet students (Rosalie O'Connor, courtesy SAB)
Do you have a "Strictly Ballet"–sized hole in your heart? Good news: The upcoming docuseries "On Pointe" just might fill it.
The School of American Ballet is teaming up with Imagine Documentaries and DCTV for the project. Though it's not yet clear where "On Pointe" will air, we do know that it'll follow talented SAB students preparing for professional ballet careers—much as Teen Vogue's popular "Strictly Ballet" web series did back in the day. But "On Pointe" marks the first time documentary filmmakers have been allowed access to the school, and it sounds like it'll paint an even more complete picture of the dancers' lives inside and outside the studio.
Choreographer Bob Fosse's signature style—with its jazz hands, inverted knees, and slouched shoulders—is still a huge influence in the dance world (and, thanks to the gloriously dancyFX series "Fosse/Verdon," the TV world). But while you know to expect plenty of Fosse-isms during a stage performance of Chicago or Sweet Charity, Fosse's legacy has also seeped into pop music culture, inspiring the likes of Beyoncé and Lady Gaga. Here are just six of the many music videos that reference Fosse's iconic works.
Gabrielle Hamilton in John Heginbotham's dream ballet from Oklahoma! Photo by Little Fang Photo, courtesy DKC/O&M
Last night, longtime theater legends (including Chita Rivera herself!) as well as rising stars gathered to celebrate one of Broadway's danciest events: the third annual Chita Rivera Awards.
The evening paid tribute to this season's dancer standouts, extraordinary ensembles, and jaw-dropping choreography—on- and off-Broadway and on film.
As usual, several Dance Spirit faves made it into the mix. (With such a fabulous talent pool of nominees to choose from, we're glad that ties were allowed.) Here are the highlights from the winner's list: