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The dancing globetrotter

Matt Harding was a game designer at ActiVision who got tired of his work. Four years ago he decided to do what many of us dream of but never get around to: He simply quit his job and traveled around the world.

Somewhere along the itinerary, Hanoi to be more precise, a travel companion got the idea of filming Matt doing a small dance. This led to even more dance locations and they all finally got assembled into a movie which got spread around the web.

It’s a popular clip on YouTube but the movie was done before YouTube existed. The concept was a success and he was sponsored by Stride long-lasting gum to make another journey in 2005 featuring 39 countries during six months (including hilarious outtakes).

He was recently noticed by a Swedish traveling agency who used him in a commercial for a new service, consisting of old clips as well as a few new ones, such as dancing with 50 Turkish men wearing traditional folk dancing costumes on a rooftop overlooking the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul! And there is also a Warcraft version.

Want to know more about Matt? Have a look at his blog or view the interview where he mentions topics such as the first dance in Hanoi and deodorants on a bus in Africa.

Update: He’s made a 2008 version and a lecture on how he did it.

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