Maui Makes Dancing Matt’s New Video

Globetrotting dancer Matt Harding has, at long last, posted his latest “Where the Hell is Matt?” video. And among the many clips making up the montage, we see him attempting a fire dance in Kihei on Maui. The two-second scene appears along with other dances in places ranging from Texas to Thailand to Pyongyang, North Korea.

In “Where the Hell is Matt 2012,” he against showcases his defiantly bad dancing skills in several locations around the world. Like his original video in 2005, and the follow-up entries from 2006 and 2008, he dances alongside locals numbering from a few to a hundred. This time, in addition to teaching a new dance routine, he also tries his hands at some of the dances from the places he visited.

The new video went up on June 20, the same day the 2006 and 2008 editions were posted, but Matt notes that it was “officially ridiculous” that the release was so late. Originally scheduled to come out last October, and then on May 1, delays with editing and music composition were compounded by life as a stay-at-home dad.

The closing clip was shot in Matt’s backyard in Seattle, Washington, wrapping two years, four months, and twelve days of traveling and dancing. But while 71 locations were crammed into the video, many more visits didn’t make the final cut. Matt promises a separate “outtakes” video to showcase the remaining places and people he danced with.

Among the engagements that didn’t make the 2012 edition was his visit to Waimea Bay here on Oahu last January. I was among the many fans who turned up that day to dance with Matt. In case you missed it, here’s my video from that fun day, and you can see just a taste of what goes into just one of the two-second ingredients that make up the “Where the Hell is Matt?” recipe.

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