The 3-minute interview with Matt Harding

The 30-year-old Seattle resident became an Internet celebrity when he posted videos of himself dancing at famous places around the globe. He’s now on his third world tour, which is sponsored by Stride Gum, and he’s asking locals to join him. He’ll be at Alamo Square in San Francisco at 5:30 p.m. today. For details, visit www.wherethehellismatt.com.

Where have you been recently? September has been clockwise around North America. I’m from Seattle; I started in Vancouver and have been to Toronto, Montreal, the East Coast, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Miami. San Francisco is my last stopon this part of the tour.

What’s the funniest thing you’ve seen? A woman in L.A. came with her two pet rats. We had a Jack Sparrow look-alike in Chicago.

What’s been your scariest experience? It was at this rock in Norway called Kjerabolten; it’s a boulder that got lodged in a mountain chasm, about 3,000 feet up. I realized I’d have to get on this thing — I’m not good with heights. I was terrified.

How did you start your dance/video/travel project? The first one was in April 2003; it was kind of a lark. I really had the travel bug, so I took the money I had been saving for years … along the way, I started making this video, and I put it on the Internet. It got a couple million hits.

Why are you dancing at Alamo Square? I try to pick logical sites for each city I go to; the Golden Gate Bridge was in the last video.

How many people will come out to dance with you? Fifteen to 200 — we don’t really know.


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