Dancing is an important element of an idol’s performance even though choreography can be quite a task, especially when a group has so many members and the stage is small. One of the charms of Japanese idols is that fans can watch them develop; even if they aren’t the most talented, they’re still cute and fun to watch.
However, this doesn’t mean that all girl groups in Japan are like that! This is not to say that one is better than the other as they are both fun to watch, depending on the situation. We compiled a short list of a few groups that dance like they own the stage every time they’re on it.
What else would you expect from a girls’ group under the umbrella of LDH? EXILE, the mega-popular “bad boys” of the J-pop scene, along with all of their other groups are known for their dancing and this goes for E-girls as well. Comprised of members from Dream, Flower, and Happiness, as well as the defunct groups Bunny and EGD, E-girls are a whirlwind of dance floor melting energy. There are many good examples of their dancing ability but, the “Seifuku Dance” video for “Diamond Only” (2014) is particularly impressive since it takes place on a narrow subway platform and is set to a remix of Grandmaster Melle Mel’s hip-hop classic “White Lines (Don’t Do It)”, giving the feel of New York even though it was filmed at Yagiri Station in Chiba, Japan.
The trio from Hiroshima was another obvious choice based on the intricate, creative choreography that is their calling card. Nocchi, Kashiyuka, and A~chan dance with the entire being of their existence when they perform; even their finger movements are a vision to behold! They give a whole new meaning to the term “spirit fingers”! Picking just one video of Perfume to represent their dancing ability is difficult since almost all of them have a ridiculous amount of dance moves that look like they came from the future. However, “Nee” (2010) stands out with the visual effects creating doubles and even triples of the members.
Coming out of Vision Factory, the label responsible for multi-million selling stars of the early millennium Namie Amuro, MAX, and SPEED, it was no surprise that Fairies were more than just a bunch of cute faces. They exploded onto the scene in 2011 and won the Best New Artist award that year. With dance moves advanced beyond their young years, these Fairies are kind enough to have their rehearsal videos uploaded to their YouTube channel so you too can try to dance along with them. Can you keep up with the “Beat Generation”? If you can, you might just be a “HERO”!
- Morning Musume
The longest running group on our list, Morning Musume has gone through so many eras in their development to become the group that we know today. Back in the late 1990s there was almost no dancing in any of their videos and now they have dozens of songs from which to choose from when planning a cover dance performance! There are the classics “Ren’ai Revolution 21” (2000), “The☆Peace” (2001), and “Go Girl ~Koi no Victory” (2003), as well as the newer songs “SEXY BOY ~ Soyokaze ni Yorisotte~” (2006), “One Two Three” (2012), or “Brainstorming” (2013). Out of the dozens of Morning Musume songs out there, we decided to go with “Password is 0” (2014) for its extremely popular formation dancing.
Yes, another Hello! Project group but, the difference with ℃-ute is that their lineup has remained mostly intact in the almost 10 years that they’ve been active and it shows! It’s kind of crazy to watch the older videos when Mai Hagiwara was a tiny 10-year-old with big sunglasses on and now she’s one of the taller members of the group! As with Morning Musume, there were so many good examples to choose from like “Massara Blue Jeans” (2006), “Dance de Bakoon”(2010) or “Kanashiki Heaven” (2012), but in the end, we went with “Crazy Kanzen na Otona” (2013) for our example.
Let us know what you think about our list. We know there are still many others that we should have included, but given how many groups there are now and how many videos they have been putting out over the years, listing even this many groups was quite a task! Do you prefer it when a group shows near machine-like precision or when they’re just going crazy flying all over the stage?