Can dancing unite the world?

Do you know Dancing Matt? His real name is Matt Harding and he became an Internet celebrity with a series of videos of himself doing silly dances in all kinds of places around the world. For his last video, Matt visited 42 countries and invited locals to dance with him in each country.

Below, Matt explains how he contacted people in all those countries and got them to dance with him. Some countries, like the USA and Canada, were easy because people were always emailing to ask when he would visit. Other places, like ‘the whole continent of Africa’ were more difficult because he had to find willing dancers by himself.

Matt started dancing with locals because he thought it looked like fun, but some people think he did good work connecting people around the world.

What do you think? Is this a good way to connect people, a reminder that some things (like dancing) are universal, or is it just a bit of fun?

What are your ideas for connecting with people in different countries?

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About the author

Lucy (Liz) Chatburn
Lucy is English and first ventured out of the UK she was 19. Since then she has lived in 4 different countries and tried to see as much of the world as possible. She loves learning languages, learning about different cultures and hearing different points of view.
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2 Comments

  • Nuria

    Wow, I just love Matt’s idea and video! :D They’re awesome!!! It’s definitely a wonderful way to connect people all around the world. Way to go Matt! ;)

  • Damaris Cordero B.

    Excellent way to connect people. Congratulations you are doing a great job.