From Minneapolis to Mongolia, staff around the world are breaking it down for the annual “Museum Dance Off”
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Odds are you don’t think of a museum as a great place to bust a move. Observe fine art? Sure. Experience historic treasures? Absolutely. Interactive science? Yup. But dancing? Not likely.
That all changes this week, as voting opens on the “Museum Dance Off,” an international competition featuring docents, researchers, and exhibit fabricators, all boogeying down for the right to declare their museum the dance off champion.
The competition, now in its second year, is the brainchild of insider reaction-gif site When You Work At A Museum, and features twenty eight competing crews from institutions around the world. To participate, each museum has submitted a video of their staff dancing to everything from pop classics like Men Without Hats’ “The Safety Dance” to museum-centric spoofs of The Lego Movie’s “Everything Is Awesome.” There’s even a New Orleans jazz marching band in the mix. Each museum brings a unique vibe to their entry video, showcasing just what makes their particular institution special.
Just as varied as the musical selections are the types and locations of the competing museums, themselves. Washington, DC’s National Museum Of American History tries their hand at MC Hammer’s “Can’t Touch This”:
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...as do the staff at the Zanabazar Fine Arts Museum, of Ulaanbataar, Mongolia:
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The competition is broken down into eight days (4/20 – 4/29) of voting, with either three or four of the competing museums going head to head against one another each day. As perWhen You Work At A Museum, the voting rules are fairly straightforward: