Did you see the Instagram or Facebook post of two people dancing in front of the Gem Theatre’s marquee last week? The Cabarrus Weekly had to know!
We tracked the dancer down and learned more about him and why he chose to dance in front of the Gem Theatre!
- His name is Matt Lopez and he is a dance teacher/professor based in New York City. He’s currently driving across the United States on a Reels Tour USA and will end up in southern California eventually.
Along the way, he has been wowing his 15.8K Instagram followers and his 70K Facebook followers shooting Reels featuring dances and dance trends with friends, former students, and fellow dancers. He’s also teaching dance classes here and there.
- On Jan 22nd, he made his 30th stop to shoot a Reel in front of the Historic Gem Theatre marquee. He was joined by a local dancer he judged in a competition, 13-year-old Carsyn Stelmack.
Lopez researched the Gem’s history after driving into town and noticing the marquee. He looked up its history and saw that it was on the National Register of Historical Places. Many of the stops along his tour have included historical locations, so he thought it would be perfect to film somewhere historical near where this dancer lived, and he also felt it was a truly beautiful exterior.
- As he has been out on this journey across the USA, he thought, why not promote a little history along the way? That was when he decided to seek out historic locations and has made Reels at the American Revolution in Boston, Independence Hall in Philadelphia, Appomattox Courthouse in Virginia, Rosa Parks’ Bus Stop in Montgomery, Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, the park where the hoses were in Birmingham, and the Juneteenth location/plaque in Galveston, Texas.
We are so happy Matt made a stop here in Cabarrus County and shared one of our favorite places with his many social media followers. You can follow this talented dancer on his journey on his Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter accounts.
Tell ’em you read about them in The Cabarrus Weekly!