Dartmouth student dances across China

Dartmouth sophomore Jake Gaba danced with many different people — and in this case with a “panda.” Says Gaba, "I knew I wanted to capture my experiences in a very special way.”

Devon and Jake’s Symbiotic Studios via YouTube

Dartmouth sophomore Jake Gaba danced with many different people — and in this case with a “panda.” Says Gaba, “I knew I wanted to capture my experiences in a very special way.”

Well, it is one way to see a country.

Dartmouth sophomore Jake Gaba has danced his way across China in 100 days, all to a Bruno Mars soundtrack.

The language student filmed his moves and is fast becoming an internet smash – almost 31,000 people have viewed his video on YouTube.

Gaba is shown dancing among other places in Beijing, Shanghai, Xi’An and Hong Kong, stopping off in each location to film his dancing.

He is seen dancing with a panda, real and otherwise, schoolchildren, a cigarette-smoking guard, and in a hotel lift, where someone unwittingly knocks over his camera and tripod.

Dartmouth sophomore Jake Gaba danced, here with a dog, because, he says that he “knew that just taking photos of my travels wasn't enough. I had to dance.

Devon and Jake’s Symbiotic Studios via YouTube

Dartmouth sophomore Jake Gaba danced, here with a dog, because, he says that he “knew that just taking photos of my travels wasn’t enough. I had to dance.”

“I knew I wanted to capture my experiences in a very special way, and I also knew that just taking photos of my travels wasn’t enough. I had to dance,” he explains on the YouTube posting.

All his moves are set to the Bruno Mars song, “Treasure.”

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Gaba is a Mandarin student and was on a study-abroad program.

He told GoodMorningAmerica.com that his dancing got the locals interested.

Dartmouth sophomore Jake Gaba has danced his way across China in 100 days, all to a Bruno Mars soundtrack.

Devon and Jake’s Symbiotic Studios via YouTube

Dartmouth sophomore Jake Gaba has danced his way across China in 100 days, all to a Bruno Mars soundtrack.

“Sometimes it’d be 40 to 50 people surrounding my tripod taking pictures and videos of me. They’d ask to take pictures of me and I’d answer in Chinese and they’d be blown away.”

He said he was inspired to make a dancing video after a video by Matt Harding went viral, which showed him dancing around 42 countries.

Overall the response has been good to Gaba’s efforts.

One poster on YouTube called it an “amazing effort”, though others questioned why he always appeared in the same pair of brightly colored shorts.

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Music & Arts – NY Daily News

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