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Thursday, July 17, 2008

Goofy internet dance goes global - New Zealand's source for technology news on

Goofy internet dance goes global
Goofy internet dance goes global

A goofy dance started in a Brisbane office block has taken the world by storm and its creator, Matthew Harding, to the four corners of the globe and most places in between.

Harding, 31, is the latest internet celebrity to ride YouTube fame all the way to the bank, but, unlike the transient notoriety most web video stars enjoy, Harding's 15 minutes of fame have been going on for three years.

Over the past 14 months, Harding and his girlfriend have been on a tour to 42 countries for the sole purpose of filming him dancing badly at various international locations and in front of some of the world's most famous landmarks.

The result is a 4½-minute video clip, published at the end of last month, which has already attracted more than 6.5 million views on YouTube and more than 1.5 million views on Vimeo.

It shows Harding doing his geeky jive with Bollywood dancers in Gurgaon, India, with humpback whales in Tonga, with lemurs in Madagascar and even in zero gravity in Nellis Airspace, Nevada. Sydney, Brisbane, Christmas Island and Lancelin in Australia all get a showing, too.

All of Harding's expenses, plus a healthy profit, were covered by his sponsor, Stride gum.

Being paid to travel to the most exotic locations on the planet isn't a bad way to earn a living, and Harding, whose dance has taken him around the world on three occasions, is under no illusions about how lucky he is.

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