Let’s Dance

30 Sep

Blog Post #168

I probably never told you that I LOVE to dance. In fact, when I’m alone in the house, I usually dance up a storm — chores get done a lot faster when there’s singing and dancing involved. Growing up, I dreamed of being a professional dancer — but it didn’t work out because I am severely rhythmically challenged. I know… so sad.

But I still love to dance, and I can’t resist watching other people tripping the light fantastic.

One of my favourite dance songs lately is Uptown Funk from the studio album, Uptown Special, by Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars. Everytime I hear it, I just want to jump up and start moving.

Uptown Funk is popular with a lot of other people, too,  as I discovered from a search on YouTube. From graduating ceremonies to wedding flash mobs, this song is a big hit with dancers everywhere.

The single’s debut was in November of 2014, when Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars were the musical guests on SNL. Read this to find out more about the song.  Learn the lyrics.

To show you what I mean, here are a few versions of this choreographed song — starting with the original by Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars then followed by three of my favourites.

Michelle Obama and Ellen do the Uptown Funk to promote the #gimmefive  challenge to encourage people to exercise more.

This amazing flashmob was performed by dozens of dancers in Sydney, Australia.

This amazing production was created by students at a high school in Texas. They asked their teacher to participate in the video which was shot in one take. Dozens of students worked on the project and the result went viral on YouTube with more than 3 million views.

This last version is my top pick (I previously posted it on A Few of My Favourite Things — A Short List)

It’s a movie mashup that was compiled by Nerd Fest UK who put together 66 clips of movies from the Golden Age and paired it with the electro-funk sound of Uptown Funk. It is fascinating to watch all those stars dancing to this song — the compilation is flawless and so much fun to watch!

You’ll want to get up and dance if you check out even one of these videos. Don’t believe me? Just watch (come on)!

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