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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 the Swedish traveling agency Ving 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! There is even 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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