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Museum Victoria takes the lead

Museum Victoria staff have reached the semi-finals in a world wide online dance competition. Photo: Justin McManus.

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Alana Schetzer, Museum Victoria takes the lead in Museum Dance Off competition, The Age, 6 May 2016

Museum staff are used to being in the background and letting the magnificent fossils and installations do the talking for them.

But thanks to a video that features more than 50 Museum Victoria staff dancing to Fatboy Slim’s classic Weapon of Choice, they are now the stars of an unlikely viral craze.

Helen Privett, manager of conservation at the museum, said it was easy to convince staff to take part in the video, which is part of the international Museum Dance Off 3.

“Everyone was interested in taking part because it looked like fun, but we didn’t really know what to expect,” she explains. “It was an opportunity for us to do something together.”

The website When You Work At a Museum started off as a place for staff to discuss the “weird and wonderful” things they got to do at work but has evolved into an annual dance competition.

Museum Victoria has blitzed the competition so far, and its video has racked up more than 26,000 views, easily putting it in the lead.

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