Dancing News Anchor Q&A: Dan Thorn on His Sweet Moves, Going Viral & More

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West Virginia newscaster Dan Thorn became an unlikely dance sensation this week when videos of him breaking it down to T.I., Taylor Swift and James Brown garnered well over a million views.

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"Once in a while me and [co-anchor] Sarah [Pisciuneri] have a little fun during commercial breaks. Sometimes they roll on it, sometimes they don't. This happened to be an instance where they were rolling on it," explains Thorn, who spoke to Billboard.com about his favorite moves, keeping things light at the office and trying (unsuccessfully) to get his co-anchor to join in on the fun.

Has the response really been crazy?
It has been. Yeah, it's increasing every day now.

How do you pick the songs?
The T.I. one was just something that was stuck in my head. I follow a lot of hip-hop news. I saw this thing on YouTube and somebody posted some music of this, where it's just a loop of him saying that and the beat happens to be a Bobby Shmurda beat. I was just like, "Man this is stuck in my head," and I think that's what's happened with the video. It just kind of got stuck in everybody's head in a way. As for Taylor Swift, it's just a catchy song. Sarah, my co-anchor, didn't dance in the first video and I was thinking, "Oh, if I play Taylor Swift, there's no doubt she's going to dance in this one." Ahh, not that much. You can see where she kind of moves her head a little bit.

What songs are the best for dancing, in your opinion?
Anything that when you listen to it, it puts a smile on your face or you can't help yourself from moving a little bit. Your classics like James Brown or Bill Withers, a Stevie Wonder, it's just good music. Anything with a good rhythm, a good beat.

Have you always been into dancing? How did you learn?
A lot of people out there are probably going, "This is great, how he was moving and all that." And other people are probably going, "This guy, man, he's an awful dancer. The only reason why people even care is because he's a TV news anchor and he's just painfully white" -- if you will – "at doing it. He just happens to be some guy that you wouldn't expect doing it." I'm not really a dancer. I like moving. Music is my thing. I love music.

Do you have tips for someone on incorporating dancing into their jobs, like you have?
I really think that people just need to stop taking themselves so seriously. We're all people, we all have to pay bills, we all have to do this, we all have to do that. We're human. When you're at work, yes, there's a time to be serious. But if you can take a moment to laugh or be happy about something and just enjoy it, live in the moment, I think you're going to be better off.

Do you have any favorite dance moves?
I don't know if I really have any favorite dance moves. I'll tell you, there are some dancers out there that I wish I could just do some of the things they do, because they are just cool. Not just being some guy that everybody's going, "Oh, that's just so funny. Look at this funny news anchor dancing around in his tight suit. Look at how uncomfortable he looks up there but he's doing it anyway."

Are there any songs you're eyeing for a future video?
I'm not really sure just yet. I might have to go through my cache, if you will. Like I said, people are sending me requests here and there and maybe you got to do what the people want? But at the same time you might also say, well, it's not fair to just pick one individual one, so maybe I come out with something else -- just out of my cache. I'm not 100 percent sure. I'm not going to commit myself to just one or two different types of music videos I'm going to come out with, if you can forgive me.


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