A farmer named Jay Lavery has a little secret: he loves to dance! Not only does he love to dance, but he also has some pretty great moves in his repertoire.
He enjoys busting these moves out in his barn in Sharon Springs, New York. His goats also enjoy being part of the performance.
Jay filmed a video, and at first, he just cleans up one of his sheds. But then, Jay transformed into a dancing machine.
The video of the Jay dancing has been viewed over 11 million times and shared by almost a hundred thousand people. Jay can now rightfully call himself a viral superstar.
The man has told the Huffington Post that it isn’t unusual for him to do “crazy things”, but this is the first time that Jay has shared it with the whole world instead of just close friends.
However, it’s not just because of Jay’s dance moves that his Facebook post went viral. The man suffers from health issues due to an injury he sustained over fifteen years ago. Jay has been through multiple surgeries and still has tremendous back pain that never ends.
Jay says that dancing is one of the alternatives to painkillers and hopes to inspire others to keep on moving with his video.
“It’s that time of the year for the Lets Move Challenge. Dancing is how I stay warm in the barn and I never know when I’m going to break out into a dance.
But what most people don’t know is that 15 years ago I had a traumatic back injury that caused me to have several back surgeries including a discectomy and a spinal fusion and never ending back pain.
Dancing along with yoga and meditation are my only alternatives to pain medication. So I hope this can inspire anyone to move in spite of pain and I hope this puts a smile on your face for the New Year.”
Jay said to the Huffington Post that he’s received dozens of positive comments about his video, and mentioned that he received compliments from “people who love goats, people who have back issues, people who are getting older and… people who just love hay.”
The man hasn’t been farming for a long time, as he grew up in upstate New York and previously worked as a flight attendant and a translator. He even did stand-up comedy for a while.
One day, he went on a trip with some of his friends upstate and realized that he’d love to make the leap to agriculture. He bought a farm two and a half years ago and does his best to run the farm in a very ecologically friendly manner.
“I realized I really loved being out in the middle of farm country, so that’s when I made this huge crazy leap,” the proud man said.
What a creative dance performance! And if you’re watching and wondering where the music is, Jay explained in a YouTube comment that he was asked to take the music out:
“Unfortunately, the company that owns the rights to Sia’s song asked us to remove the song from our video on Youtube. So until Sia says it’s OK to use her song we’ll just have to dance to our own beat. Of course Sia is always welcome to come and perform the song live at our farm and we’ll invite a few of our friends.”
Even without music, Jay’s performance is wonderful, and it’s sure to bring a smile to your face. Check out the dance below!
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