By Danny Baggott @Dan_Baggie

A 44-YEAR-OLD man has given up everything in order to make people smile - by performing the 'running man' dance in iconic locations around the world

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Videographer / director: Jack Stevens, Rob Vickery
Producer: Danny Baggott, Ellie Winstanley
Editor: Jack Stevens

The 44-year-old is on a mission to make people smile around the world

Fun-loving Aussie Rob Vickery has recorded his own version of the dance outside everywhere from the Taj Mahal to Buckingham Palace.

Following the death of his beloved Grandma back in 2012, Rob, a former medical recruiter from Banora Point in New South Wales, handed in his resignation and left his home in Australia to travel the globe.

Rob Vickery has always loved to perform the running man dance

He said: “A normal job and a normal life didn't tick all the boxes for me.

"My life was actually fine. I had a great job with great people. I lived in a little flat near the beach. I had two chickens as pets.

Rob has now visited 14 countries around the world

“But the driving force behind quitting my job was my grandmother dying. She raised me, she was like a mother to me. I often say that one life ended and another life began.

“I sold just about everything. Two weeks after my Nana died I handed in my resignation, one month after that I left my job and one month after that I left Australia. 

"In the last month I sold my car and most of my possessions. I just met a girl during this time and she came with me to China but it didn't work out."

After the death of his Grandma, Rob dropped everything in Australia and went on an adventure

Rob decided to start showcasing his special running man talent on camera in Singapore in February this year. 

He said: “I was just walking along the boardwalk with my friends and I got the inspiration to say 'hey listen, film me doing the running man in front of Marina Bay Sands’."

Rob is currently spending a month in England and has future plans to perform in China

The response was so positive that he has taken it to 13 other countries, with India, Nepal, Athens, Amsterdam and Berlin already ticked off the list.

And while the running man videos began with Rob performing the dance on his own, in recent times he is trying his best to get others involved and push the positive message to a larger audience.

“I tell people who stand and watch me about my story, to remind them to have fun and not to take life so seriously,” he said.

Rob has a growing fanbase on social media and always tries to get people involved

“After that, it’s pretty easy to get people involved.”

He has also set his sights on getting some celebrities to join him, with dream co-dancers including Mark Zuckerberg, Madonna, Oprah, Roger Federer and Richard Branson.

However, the dance has not always gone down well everywhere - Rob experienced a close call with the police in Greece when he tried to film his dance in front of the Parthenon in Athens.

Rob was nearly arrested in Athens for filming the iconic dance

He added: “I did it up there, got some great footage and I heard a whistle blowing in the background.

“A lady came over and basically told me that I had to delete it and if I didn’t, it would go further and I could get arrested.”

Rob is certain that his dancing can spread a positive message around the world

Rob’s friends and family usually remain supportive towards his new adventure, but can’t help wondering when he will return home to Australia.
He said: “A common question they often ask is when are you coming home?

"Which I answer, well I am home. It feels like the world is my home now.

“The running man makes people happy, it makes people smile when they see me doing it.”

To follow Rob’s running man journey, check out his YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/user/mishmorshman or follow him on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/iamtherunningman