Last weekend, ABC Open took a camera and a dance pad to the Natimuk Fringe Festival to create this collaborative dance video.

It was heaps of fun and really simple.

The Dance Pad was a windscreen sun-shade for the car, decorated with electrical tape.

The camera was locked off on a tripod and we had some excellent tunes blaring, with something for everyone, from Michael Jackson to Playschool and back to the Hilltop Hoods.

Then I invited each passer-by to take part in the collaborative dance video, asking them each to donate 15 seconds of boogie time to the dance pad. They had to think of a finishing pose, and had to start their dance in the pose that the last person finished in.

The dancing, as you can see, was of a very excellent quality. This is my favourite kind of dancing. It is wiggly bottomed, smiley faced, feet stomping, spring jumping, spinning, laughing, heart leap dancing.

Afterwards, I found some music I could legally use and removed the copyrighted music from the video tracks, then edited together this piece.

If you'd like to make a video, contact your nearest ABC Open Producer (in the local ABC radio station) to get some help with your next ABC Open video project.

The Natimuk Fringe Festival is an avante guarde festival that runs in the tiny rock climbing town just 20km west of Horsham.

Natimuk is usually a quiet town nestled beside the gallant rock known as Mount Arapiles, which cascades up and out of the flat earth surrounding it and is world famous for its climbs.

But every two years the town comes alive with strange and wonderful delights in the form of music, theatre and participatory activities like the silent disco or interactive pedal-powered artworks.

Filmed / Edited / Directed by Emily Bissland

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