Dancing with the Stars

Good morning everyone,

The next three days are looking great! Is it really going to get up to 29C on Monday!? I'll believe it when I see it! They are calling for rain on Tuesday and then it should clear up on Wednesday and stay nice again for the rest of Golden Week.

You can waltz with Leo, pirouette to “Swan Lake” or join Beyonce on the disco floor. Well, your holograms can, at Tokyo’s Madame Tussauds wax museum.

The Tokyo location of the museum known for its life-sized celebrity figures in wax opened a dancing hologram attraction Thursday.

Visitors can waltz and disco with Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Lady Gaga, Beyonce and Marilyn Monroe, or pirouette in a “Swan Lake” ballet with Olympics figure skating champion Yuzuru Hanyu.

One patron had a dream-come-true experience with two of her favorite celebrities, Monroe and Lady Gaga.

“It looks as though I’m really there, so that’s a strange feeling. But I thought, wow, it’s like a dream to be able to dance with such amazing people,’” the lucky lady said.

It was more unsettling for another guest, who found himself dressed in a ballet leotard alongside Hanyu. “I saw myself dancing with other ballerinas, so that was kind of creepy - but it was because it looked so real,” said the man who probably shouldn't have tried this exhibit in the first place...ha ha! I mean, what else would he expect?

Participants get a 3D face scan, which is transposed onto a hologram dancer for the 90-second presentation.

The attraction is one of the ways the centuries-old museum is exploring of improving the experience at the museum. They are hoping that interacting with celebrities in a digital age will attract more visitors and heighten their enjoyment.

Museum General Manager Toshi Endo said the current roster of three dances and six celebrities will expand by midyear, but he wasn't letting any secrets about which celebs or what kind of dances. How about you? Who would you like to dance with?

As for me, I guess it would depend on the type of dance. If I wanted something classic, I'd dance with Grace Kelly or Audrey Hepburn. If I wanted something a bit more modern, I'd want to dance with Jennifer  Lopez..

Have a great day!


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