Take three minutes to watch this video from the 2009 Sasquatch Music Festival from our very own, Washington State. One shirtless dude (his name & story below) is dancing all alone to the song UnStoppable by Santigold. After some awkward gyrations, another guy amazingly joins him in dancing; and then a third, and then a group of people. And before you know it, a full party and movement takes place. It’s a must see video:
Here are my questions:
- What is going on? What do you think?
- Is this an example of visionary leadership?
- Is this an example of courage? Individuality? Freedom?
- The first guy dancing has guts but isn’t the 2nd (& 3rd person) that join him even more courageous?
- How great is it to see the group grow into a huge ‘movement? But at the end, is it just herd mentality?
All interesting questions to consider but I was absolutely struck by the 2nd and 3rd person that join the ‘dance party.’ The first guy just looked awkward dancing all alone. His dancing didn’t help either. We all know how important the primary visionaries are but we often underestimate the importance of the primary supporter, #2, executive pastor, ‘right hand person,’ partner, the Jonathan, or whatever other word or description you like to use.
And who was the “dancing man?” His name is Collin Wynter from Calgary, Canada.
Collin Wynter, 28, was caught on camera last month at the Sasquatch music festival in George, Wash. Videos of the “dancing man” were uploaded to YouTube, where tens of thousands of people have watched his moves.
In the most popular one, re-posted several times, Wynter is dancing alone but his enthusiasm quickly draws of a crowd of dancers.
Wynter said his roommate warned him that people were taking videos and photos of him, but he wasn’t concerned.
“I truly, firmly believe that music is the language of the soul and how we communicate that language is through dance,” Wynter said. “I enjoy meeting new people. I enjoy having friends and stuff. I enjoy having a good time and I really just wanted to let myself go.”