Dancing in South Africa

by Dawne on April 27, 2011

A joyful video to share today shot around South Africa.

Famous for dancing badly (yet joyfully) with people around the world in an act of Unity, Matt was invited to South Africa to learn the Diski Dance. Granted, this was in the run up to the 2010 FIFA World Cup held in South Africa and I’m only seeing it now. Still, this is too wonderful to keep to oneself in a “better late than never” way.

I think you’ll enjoy the variety and beauty of the natural landscape that is so brilliantly showcased in this video. I hope you too will get a laugh at the elephant’s antics and feel the joy of the music. I love how the video begins at Nelson Mandela Square. Mostly I love how this video is proof that person to person diplomacy is always an option; working with strangers, respectfully, ultimately builds friendships. Sharing and delighting in cultural differences without needing one to be superior over another builds understanding.

While this video doesn’t lessen the burden of the Go-Gos raising the orphans or help a child head-of-house put food on the table it does remind us of the promise of South Africa. It reminds us to celebrate and be thankful for joyful moments while continuing to support initiatives that keep the orphans, and their needs, front and center.

I think Matt’s done rather well, don’t you? I know he’ll never forget his trip to South Africa and the wonderful people he met.

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{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Andrea Palmatier May 2, 2011 at 19:57

I loved Matt’s dancing! And it was amazing to see all the places he visited as well. A truly breathtaking country.
Andrea :o )

Pam Antink May 3, 2011 at 12:00

Matt’s infectious style of dancing was so inspiring to others that they felt they could join in without being self-conscious. He obviously created light & joy where ever he went!

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