They can dance, too!: Video of California Conservation staff member and Corpsmembers goes viral


Our friend John Griffith and two Corpsmembers (Antwon McCoy and Leonard Patton) with the California Conservation Corps have become an overnight internet sensation! 

Back in August, John posted a video on YouTube of him dancing with Antwon and Leonard. The video captures John, dressed in a wide-brimmed hat and CCC uniform, spontaneously demonstrating some of the moves he’d learned from his Corpsmembers. The end of the video shows Antwon and Leonard clearly surprised (and amused) by their supervisor’s dance skills. After the video was posted to the social news website Reddit this past week, people started going crazy for the cool, “cowboyish boss” with the dance moves. It has now been viewed well over a million times!

The video has popped up on a wide variety of websites and news programs. John, Antwon and Leonard have been interviewed several times over the past few days. Click the links below for coverage of the video, or click here for our Huffington Post article on John’s background and his new environmental book for urban youth, Totem Magic: Going MAD.  

  • NPR – “Two Dance Videos that’ll Make Your Day”
  • HLN – “Surprise! Boss Busts a Move” 
  • ABC – “The YouTube Dance Icon You’d Least Expect”
  • Outdoor Afro – “John Griffith Can Bust a Move – For Nature”
  • Gawker – “Nerdy Boss Learns Dance Moves from Employees then Teaches them How it’s Done”
  • The Huffington Post – “John Griffith Learns to Dance”
  • WORLDSTARHIPHOP – “California Conservation Corps Members Teaching their Boss to Dance to Travis Porter’s Ayy Ladies!”
  • Mashable – “Nature Nerd’s Fly Dance Moves Guaranteed to Make Your Day”
  • The Daily Mail – “Awkward Boss Learns Dance Moves from His Young Employees – then Shows them How it’s Done in this Hilarious Video”
  • The Sacramento Bee – “California Conservation Corps Dance Video Goes Viral”
  • Facebook
  • North Coast Journal – “Nerdtastic Local CCC Mountainman/Boogie God John Griffith”
  • The Today Show
  • California Statewide Law Enforcement Assoc. – “Good Natured Conservationist Gets His Groove On”