Well. I never thought I would be utterly charmed by a man dancing alone in a barn full of goats, but here we are. If this video is any indication, 2017 is off to a great—if not odd—start.
Jay Lavery, a 50-year-old farmer from upstate New York, has just made millions of people smile… and hopefully, dance! In this now-viral video, Lavery films himself dancing to Sia’s “Cheap Thrills” alongside his goats.
Lavery owns and operates The Permaculture Inn, a cooperative learning facility for organic and sustainable farming, hospitality and living. But Lavery doesn’t just tend goats, lambs and chickens all day. He also likes to make his friends laugh, so he often films himself doing funny little stunts.
However, his latest stunt (an impromptu dance performance in the middle of his goat barn) went viral, with millions of people cracking up at this farmer’s awesome dance moves.
It’s not surprising that Lavery has such great comedic timing. Before becoming a farmer, Lavery worked as a stand-up comedian, as well as a flight attendant.
There is more to this video than just laughs, though. Lavery’s dance is also meant to be inspirational, as he says:
“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.”
It certainly put on a smile on my face! I love wondering what was going through his goats’ minds. Here’s hoping barn dancing becomes the new fitness trend of 2017.