Dance badly, live free

Back in April, I posted a link to the funny Gratitude Dance, 2 fellows from Victoria named Brad and Matt. This evening, some friends and I were watching some YouTube videos on their new flat screen TV. One clip somebody suggested was Matt, doing the same silly dance at remarkable places all over the world. Only it wasn’t the same Matt. This guy lives 3 hours south in Seattle. Huh?

Matt of Seattle is clearly the first with Videos from 2005, 2006, and 2008. The “Gratidudes” of Victoria are doing something similar but frame it as a dance of gratitude.

What’s really funny is Matt is being paid to travel the world to do this. Why? The videos have over 30 million hits.

2008, the third, in groups:

2005, by himself:

How does he get people to dance with him:

More videos and his site:

Technology is bringing us some truly remarkable occupations.

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4 Responses to Dance badly, live free

  1. Shelora says:

    Sheer joy to watch! Thanks David. I will forward this to my friends who danced in the desert in Morocco for New Year. Now if we could only get them dancing in Gaza!

  2. Davidya says:

    Seems Matt has a biting sense of humor. Here, he says its all a hoax, done with animatronics…

  3. Jacob says:

    Thanks Davidya – I enjoyed watching these. Just in case anyone was unsure, it wasn’t all a hoax! Quoth Matt: “The dancing video is not a hoax. The EG lecture announcing a hoax is itself a hoax.” (

  4. Davidya says:

    Hi Jacob
    Thanks for the feedback. Yes, I mentioned this. Perhaps my comment was not explicit enough either. (laughs) If you pay attention to the video its very clear he’s being sarcastic & ironic. The shadow example he gives is probably due to a wide angle lens which distorts the foreground.

    I think the edge was because he’s getting a bunch of negative feedback which tends to feed on itself. Some people are completely missing the point of it.

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