Maine USA–The world laughed with collective play and celebration on March 17, 2010 when The Levity Project released its latest Micro-Movement: Car Dancing video.  It celebrates being in the present and a feeling of being connected worldwide with a four and half minute video of individuals and families from all over the world car dancing.

The world comes together with a car dancing police officer in Wisconsin.  California surfer kids joyfully dancing, and a mother and two children in Luxembourg.


“The idea for The Levity Project came to me while on a visit to New York City,” explains Katie West, the president of the Maine-based Levity Institute.  “I was on the subway, enjoying the day and the time to explore the city.   I was listening to my music on my headphones with my eyes closed, and I began to smile broadly.”


West continues sayings that she opened her eyes and people were staring at her and frowning and it confused her.  “It was as if my joy and delight was painful for them to experience.” She changed at that moment, having never considered herself an activist, and realized by being alive we are all activists and agents of change.


West was inspired to create a series of social experiments that encouraged people to laugh, play and celebrate in the energy of the people present. She wanted to create a movement that would encourage people to live in the moment, break down walls between people, and foster social change through practicing laughter, play, and celebration.


Soon after these revelations, The Levity Project kicked off its national tour in November of last year and has been going strong since then with Laughter Flashes and Umbrella Hat Freezes in four different cities so far.


In the Laughter Flashes and Umbrella Hat Freezes, The Levity Project participants mix with a crowd of people and start laughing.  Soon the laughter becomes contagious and the public place is overtaken with sense of joy and community.


For the staff of The Levity Project, this was not enough.


“The Flashes made us realize the potential power that the concept can have on a global scale,” says The Levity Project Operations Manager Ina Lukas.   “When you take away the time and location barriers, any person anywhere in the world can take action as an agent of change and be banded together with the rest of The Levity Project Players as one movement immersed in the power and importance of fun.”


This realization gave birth to The Levity Project’s Micro-Movement Car Dancing video.


 According to West, the idea for car dancing was based on the idea that when you are car dancing it is hard to be in a bad mood.  And it is a way of celebrating our good mood rather than hiding it and by having joy.


Through the world wide web of Levity Project participants the call went out for 10 to 15 second videos of people dancing in their car.  The results even surprised West and Lukas.


Videos flooded in from Canada, Luxembourg, Norway, Cuba, Australia and the United States. In the United States, it took over the whole country with videos from New York to California and South Dakota to Texas.


West says it all started one day when she was car dancing at a stoplight and another car with two men pulled up next to her and after watching her, they started dancing too.

“It was so touching and made me feel unexpectedly connected to the world around me,” West explains.

West and Lukas are not the only ones who now feel that sense of connection.  Angelina Sims of Canada reported, “I can’t describe how proud it makes me to know such a life-giving group of individuals seeking out ways to touch others with love and laughter.”

Lukas, an avid car dancer before the video, best sums up her change in outlook.

“It made me more aware of the present moment.  I realized I was living life on autopilot.  It is powerful and I am embracing these new moments and my life is becoming more rich and fun because of it.”


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