Who: Matt Bray
Why we chose him: Matt Bray, from Naperville, Ill., hit YouTube fame last year when he filmed himself in his bedroom every day for 100 days mimicking the famous dance from Napoleon Dynamite. The video went viral, totaling more than 7.1 million views. And now, Matt has released a more ambitious sequel to his viral hit: “100 Places of Dance.”
In this three-minute video, Matt puts on his dancing shoes and performs the same routine in 100 different places throughout Naperville and Chicago, hitting iconic spots like Millennium and Grant Park, the Willis Tower Skydeck and Navy Pier. Between mastering the choreography and practicing it three times a day to make sure he had it down to muscle memory, it took Matt months to make this video (but only a week to film!).
“‘100 Places of Dance’ was supposed to be me crossing off bucket list No. 22, which was to learn how to dance. But I still think I am quite terrible at dancing, so I have left that item unchecked for now,” Matt told the Chicago Tribune.
Fun fact: Matt’s YouTube channel, ProjectOneLife, is a reflection of his quest to complete a bucket list. So far, he’s solved a Rubik’s Cube, sung in front of a crowd and even earned a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records for the most sits on a whoopee cushion in 30 seconds (54!).