Meet Dont é Colley, the Dancing Torontonian You’re Seeing All Over Instagram

You made it through to a brand-new day!! #keepgoing #keeppushing #yougotthis

Positive vibes can be tough to come by– particularly on social networks. But if there’s one guy to show that the energy you put out into the world will go back to you, it’s Toronto- native Dont éColley The 21- year-old material developer started 2019 with a taste of viral triumph after publishing an inspirational brand-new year’s dance video toInstagram The clip, set to the wii sport signature tune and synced with perfectly-placed emojis and a superimposed messages of optimism, has more than 500,000 views and 100,000 likes– which’s simply building up the numbers on Dont é’s page. The video has actually been reposted LeslieJone s, WillSasso and over a lots significant home entertainment outlets, shooting Dont é’s shining star directly into the stratosphere, and bringing an outstanding variety of fans (117 K and counting, more than double the count from when I interviewed him 2 days ago) to his page.

“I woke up the day after I posted the video, and someone had sent me a link to a Twitter account that had reshared it — and it already had a million views,”Dont é informs me over the phone, “I had a good following in the past, which I was absolutely alright with since I truly attempt not to take the Internet too seriously. I’m simply attempting to make it enjoyable for myself and for anybody that follows me. But there’s been a really favorable response to what I make these previous couple of days. I truly didn’t anticipate any of this.”.

When the Internet relocations, it moves fast. Dont é, who divides his time in between studying digital interactions at the University of Guelph Humber, material producing and working as a stock partner at Aritzia, has in fact been making emoji edits on his self-filmed dance videos for over a year. (Which implies there’s a whole brochure of Dont é videos for you to scroll through, delight in, and flag as a preferred for later watching. You’re welcome.) Dont é’s skillfully timed videos appear like the work of a tech prodigy, however he describes his procedure is rather easy:“I take a song and I either take one video, and I’m happy with it, or I’ll take three to five different videos of the same thing. Once that’s done, I kind of just throw it into my Premier Pro and my After Effects and add all of the graphics in. I figure out the story as I’m editing it, cause that’s how I make it fun for myself.”

These inspirational dance videos are published in the middle of visually curated, vibrant #OOTD shots, which implies that in between serving positivity pep talks, Dont é is serving street design inspo. It’s the message behind his uplifting hashtags, slick relocations and crafty edited videos, nevertheless, that appears to truly be sticking to audiences. “Instagram is everybody’s highlight reel, it’s where everybody is living their best life and doing incredible, amazing things,”Dont é states, speaking with the goal of his page, which began with him producing enjoyable videos for his pals.“There are points where social media can become very negative, very overwhelming, and just not an overall great place. We tend to question what we’re doing, where we see ourselves, what our purpose is. You need to recognize that you are your own person, and you have your own road to ride on. So stop comparing yourself to other people and be true to who you are.”

Dont é thinks that with the Buzzfeed selected name the “Motivational Dancing Guy” and the limitless stream of remarks verifying his work, he’s precisely where deep space meant him to be. “I’ve grown into what I believe my purpose is, which is to make people feel better, because that’s something that is lacked, especially on social media,” he states.“I just want to be myself and be as honest as possible with these people who have come into this journey with me. I want to share as much knowledge from my own experiences of going through really hard and really low points. I want to elevate others and show them that there is light at the end of the tunnel, as hard as it is to sometimes believe. You will get through. You have the support.”