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Rewind Back to October 2, 2012

20-Year-Old Dances into the Hearts of Travelers

He puts on his headphones and dials up Chemical Brothers. It’s time to dance. Seth Bratten, known as Seth the Highway Dancer, has been dancing along Route 1 for most of the summer.

He gets honks, smiles and occasionally people stop to have their photograph taken with him. Bratten, who moved to the area after attending high school in Seaford and Sussex Central, said he was bored and decided to take his love of dancing to the streets. “It’s all in fun; I just want to make people smile,” he said. “I like to make people happy.”

When he started dancing in June, his gyrations and slick moves puzzled people. “I was wearing ear buds, and at first people thought I was crazy or on drugs out there moving around. The cops even stopped to talk to me,” he said.

Adding headphones helps because people understand he is listening and dancing to his favorite music, which is a variety including electronic, hip-hop and techno.

Music speaks to Bratten.

“It’s how we go through life. It helps us get through things and helps us express our feelings,” he said.

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