Yesterday I put the super-secret word out that Dancing Matt himself would be down at English Bay, well, dancing.
In February of 2003, he quit his job in Brisbane, Australia and used the money he’d saved to wander around the planet until it ran out. He made this site so he could keep his family and friends updated about where he is.
A few months into his trip, a travel buddy gave Matt the idea of dancing everywhere he went and recording it on his camera. This turned out to be a very good idea. Now Matt is quasi-famous as “That guy who dances on the internet. No, not that guy. The other one. No, not him either. I’ll send you the link. It’s funny.” [WhereTheHellIsMatt]
Matt dances so much, in so many places, for his most recent video he traveled 39 countries on 7 continents in 6 months. Now that’s some serious dancing.
For his next project he’s going around North America, avoiding the usual monuments and getting people involved, saying it’s almost like a flash mob sorta thing. Keira and I went down to the inukshuk after work today to check things out, where we happened to run into James and Chris.
Vancouver is Matt’s first stop and the only way to find out his next shooting location is to sign up via his website. If you’re on his mailing list (like John is) updates get sent right to you.
Okay, here’s how this works: you tell me where you are and how I can reach you, I’ll contact you if I’m passing through your area to shoot a dancing clip.
A few weeks before I arrive, I’ll let you know when and where to meet. You show up. You sign a release form. We dance.
The release form basically gives Stride gum, my sponsor, the right to use your likeness in the video. You must be 18 years or older to sign, or have a parent/guardian sign on your behalf. We’ll be providing release forms at each event, and I also plan to put a printable PDF version on this site so you can read it and fill it out in advance. [SignUp]
Vancouver will be included in the June 2008 release, so stay tuned to his website for more info and updates or check out Matt’s journal/blog.