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'Political dancer' Dimitri Reeves moonwalks, shuffles amid unrest

By Marilyn Malara
'Political dancer' Dimitri Reeves moonwalks, shuffles amid unrest
As tension ebbs and flows in Baltimore, a young citizen named Dimitri Reeves aims to spread a positive message through dance becoming the first "political dancer." Photo by Gabriella Demczuk/UPI | License Photo

BALTIMORE, April 28 (UPI) -- A Baltimore man attempted to lift the spirits of his neighbors Monday through the art of dance as he moonwalked through crowds to Michael Jackson's "Beat It." On several occasions his impromptu routines have been recorded and posted to social media.

Some have even called him "the first political dancer."

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NBC reporter Shomari Stone captured footage of Dimitri Reeves dancing and singing along to the hit song as protestors of Freddie Gray's death watched, confused. In another clip, the same dancer is spinning atop a truck to the same tune.

Reeves seemingly used Michael Jackson's "Beat It" to ease tension and remind those around him to abstain from violence -- as the 1982 music video suggests. Its lyrics connect with protesters and warns them of the consequences of unnecessary violence.

Many witnesses of Reeves' moves took to Twitter to commend him, claiming his performances have helped.

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