Bruno Mars on ‘Uptown Funk’ tribute: ‘I cried at the end’

Posted 8:38am on Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015

Perhaps you’ve helped the North Texas Uptown Funk dance party turn into a viral phenomenon. If you’re on social media, you’ve no doubt seen the video, in which students from Dallas’ A. Maceo Smith New Tech High School dance through the hallways to Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson’s hit Uptown Funk. The video, directed by and featuring theater arts teacher Scot Pankey, is up to 3.5 million views on YouTube after four days online. If you haven’t seen it, take a few minutes to watch:

Now we’re hearing via former Fox 4 reporter Rebecca Aguilar’s blog that Mars himself was moved to tears by the video.

“I cried at the end,” Mars said on Twitter. “Im still a thug though. Thank you to everyone involved in making this video.” (That tweet has also inspired a lot of reaction.)

Pankey told WFAA/Channel 8 that he had to convince all 200 of his students to participate, although they were pretty willing to go along — even though most of them had never danced in performance before. The video was shot in one take. Here’s WFAA’s report:

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