50-year-old barn dance

A 50-year-old farmer has become the next internet sensation, racking up almost 7 million views, breaking out his brilliant dance moves while tending to his barn.


Dancing is how Jay Lavery stays warm in the barn. The New York farmer uploaded the video below to his personal Facebook page of him dancing to Sia’s hit “Cheap Thrills” while going about his barn chores and tending to the goats he takes care of at his Permaculture Inn farm in Sharon Springs, New York.

“I never know when I’m going to break out into a dance,” he wrote on Facebook.

The response to the video was almost immediate. To date, it’s been viewed almost 7 million times and shared 70,000 times, generating 84,000 likes and 20,000 comments.

But it’s not just Lavery’s on-point dance moves that are attracting so much attention. It’s also his story.

As he writes in the caption accompanying the video, dancing — along with yoga and meditation — are part of his continued strategy to deal with a major back injury he sustained 15 years ago, prompting several surgeries and continual back pain.

He hoped the video would “inspire anyone to move in spite of pain and I hope this puts a smile on your face for the New Year.”

“But what most people don’t know is that 15 years ago I had a traumatic back injury that caused me to have several back surgeries including a discectomy and a spinal fusion and never ending back pain. Dancing along with yoga and meditation are my only alternatives to pain medication. So I hope this can inspire anyone to move in spite of pain and I hope this puts a smile on your face for the New Year.”

Watch the video below:

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