On-location dance videos online
June 30, 2011 7:26 AM   Subscribe

If you like dance but are stuck in a computer chair all day, you could do worse than watch some of these on-location videos showing people dancing for the sheer love of it. Folks from Brooklyn and India made BollyBrook (short for "Bollywood-meets-Brooklyn"), a music video featuring dancing in Mumbai. A 9-year-old girl dances in Tiananmen Square (don't miss her pas de deux with her father near the end of the video). A kid with the handle iTr3vor dances in the Apple Store (one of many videos in his series). And yes, Matt Harding probably helped start it all with his "dancing badly around the world" videos last decade.

P.S. Previously about iTr3vor. And here are MeFites in '08 commenting on Matt Harding.
posted by mark7570 (12 comments total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
That Chinese girl is my spirit animal.
posted by dismas at 7:30 AM on June 30, 2011

And forgot to list this: Girl Walk All Day (featuring one of the principal dancers from BollyBrook), a dance video set to the Girl Talk album "All Day."
posted by mark7570 at 7:30 AM on June 30, 2011 [1 favorite]

Such a notoriously solemn atmosphere can only take so much unabashed cuteness, little girl. Must. stop. watching. Or my heart will cave in...

Great link(s).
posted by stroke_count at 7:40 AM on June 30, 2011

That girl's enormous grin is the most adorable thing I've seen all week!
posted by bewilderbeast at 7:41 AM on June 30, 2011

Chinese hipster dad is awesome.
posted by sugarfish at 7:47 AM on June 30, 2011

I shot this video of some girls dancing on a roof in Jodhpur, India, a couple years ago. Those massive speakers couldn't have been good for their hearing.
posted by jessssse at 8:14 AM on June 30, 2011 [2 favorites]

For once, a Youtube comment was worth reading:

She's lucky to live in a country as free as China. Try to pull that at a US monument and the Park Police would bodyslam her.
posted by deadcowdan at 8:15 AM on June 30, 2011 [5 favorites]

The Bachna Haseeno video was surprisingly good; the remix was unexpectedly true to the tapori spirit of 70's Bombay (and consequently, 70's Bollywood)

RD Burman's music and Kishore Kumar's voice notwithstanding, it's telling that the videos of both the original and the 2007 remake are significantly more garish and worse than this sweet narrative.

(I, errr, might as well admit that I just danced to this song while opening the door for my wife, who just came back after a long day at work. Much merriment in an otherwise tough day for both of us. Thanks for sharing.)
posted by the cydonian at 8:45 AM on June 30, 2011 [1 favorite]

PedantFilter: That appears to be the Olympics site, not Tiananmen Square.
posted by fairmettle at 8:58 AM on June 30, 2011

I remember seeing the shoot for the Bollywood song at Colaba Causeway in Mumbai.

That time I was thinking.... "These foreign tourists are crazy!!!"

Now I am thinking ... "Wow". Thanks for making my day
posted by manny_calavera at 9:03 AM on June 30, 2011

She's lucky to live in a country as free as China. Try to pull that at a US monument and the Park Police would bodyslam her.

If she wears the wrong kind of headband though the PLA just might roll over her in a tank.
posted by kmz at 11:49 AM on June 30, 2011

Girl Walk All Day is also responsible for some recent subway stripping shenanigans.
posted by Breefield at 12:46 AM on July 1, 2011

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