Seattle’s Matt Harding is still making a living by dancing geekily and happily with the locals all around the world.
What started as a lark when he was traveling abroad with a buddy in the early 2000s gradually morphed into a series of company-sponsored online videos and spin-offs. It was a 20-something’s dream come true — to travel the world and make money off it. And Matt’s still doing the videos in his mid-30s, grinning and waving his arms and dance-trotting with a smorgasbord of people worldwide
One of his earliest videos, called “Dancing 2006,” showed him dancing at iconic sites that year, from China’s Great Wall to the Machu Picchu ruins in Peru. ( I wrote a Seattle Times article about “dancing Matt” back then as he was becoming an early YouTube sensation). By his 2012 dance-around-the-world video, he was experimenting with different styles (even ballet!).
Matt’s newest video is more clearly commercial, sponsored by the U.S. Tour Operators Association and featuring travel-company employees around the world. It doesn’t have nearly as many spectacular scenic backdrops as his earlier videos. But it’s still fun, and his goofy enthusiasm remains infectious. See Matt’s website for all the videos.