February 21, 2018

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Tomioka Highschool Dance Club Dances to “This Is Me” to Promote The Greatest Showman

A high school dance club created a video dancing along “This is Me” which is a theme song for a movie, The Greatest Showman. The movie came out in December 20th, 2017 in the United States whereas it is due to come out in Japan on February 16th, 2018.

Tomioka High School Dance Club (TDC), a dance club that became famous nationwide for their unique dance program that features Japanese women during the era from 1980’s to 1990’s, the so called Bubble economy, which is the pinnacle of the Japanese economy.

The video was created on January 6th at Wakayama High School in Wakayama Prefecture at the request of the 20th Century Fox, which is the distributor of the movie.

The video was posted on January 16th, 2018 by Warner Music Japan. It was viewed over 1.1 million times as of February 4th, 2018. The theme of this song is to encourage people to be proud of themselves just as they are. Similar to the message portrayed by the song, Born This Way by Lady Gaga, but with more power. The high schoolers’ performance conveys the positive message of the song with the freshness of youth.

During The Greatest Showman press conference held in Tokyo on February 14th, when a Japanese reporter asked Keala Settle and Hugh Jackman if they have seen the video, they answered as below.

Keala Settle: Tomioka. Yes. I was the first person that actually saw that video. And I wanted to make it go viral via social media. But before I could even do that I had to sit back and watch the splendor of that video probably about three or four more times. We were trying so desperately to get them to the opening night, the premier last night. We knew that they were in Osaka. They were going to school. And they needed to go to school as it was their obligation and duty. But we do want them to know that the dance company, they changed our lives that day when we saw that video. Thank you very much. Domo Arigato.

Hugh Jackman: Those kids. What you said did something that touched our hearts and what has been amazing in the last six weeks since the movie has been open, I can’t tell you how many videos, singing renditions, dance renditions of all the songs that we have received from fans of this movie, because it seems to touch people and touched the very essence of their humanity. When they go to all that particularly this group to create something so beautiful. It just reaffirms that the story and the music there is something that connects all of us. It doesn’t matter what country you are from. There is something about that story people are grabbing onto. It genuinely moves all of us. So we are so grateful for people to do that particularly this group.

The youtube video title of the This Is Me by Tomioka Dance Club is

登美丘高校ダンス部×『グレイテスト・ショーマン』|This Is Me~これが私~.

The photos of video shooting can be seen in the link below.

http://www.city.wakayama.wakayama.jp/kankou/commissionfilm/1003288/1018543.html

ヒュー・ジャックマン&キアラ・セトル、登美丘高校のダンスを大絶賛!映画『グレイテスト・ショーマン』来日記者会見 その1

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