• Three-year old Mundarra Edwards has gone viral for his shake-a-leg. (Supplied)Source: Supplied
Like father, like son, Jordan Edwards was three-years-old when he started dancing. His son, Mundarra, has gone viral at the same age for his shake-a-leg.
By
Rachael Knowles

Source:
NITV News
29 Apr 2022 - 2:56 PM  UPDATED 29 Apr 2022 - 4:17 PM

Rocking velcro Adidas with boomerangs in hand, three-year-old Mundarra Edwards busts out a shake-a-leg in a recent viral video.

Dancing on the pavement on the way home from daycare, the video was first posted online by his aunty. In five days, it's had over 115,000 views.

“My little cousin posted it. She did it in like a photo dump of about 25 different photos and videos over the month,” Mundarra’s father, Jason Edwards told NITV News.

“It just started to get some traction . . . everyone was sharing it. It was up to 60,000 than 80,000 and now over 100,000. It’s next level.”

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Mr Edwards, a proud Gunditjmara, Waddawurrung and Arrente man, said he and his partner, a palawa woman, created a little dancing 'monster'.

“He’s nonstop! It’s like second nature to him now,” he said.

Mr Edwards began dancing at three years old and started teaching his son when he was just over a year old.

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“I’ve grown up dancing, but he started before me. I started around 3-years and was taught by amazing people. Unfortunately, many of them have passed now,” he said.

“Dancing has always been a part of who I am and our family. When I had my son and daughter, I knew they would be the next ones coming up.”

Unbothered by toys, Mundarra’s favourite thing to do is dance.

“He wakes up, gets a set of boomerangs or clappers and goes ham on them. It’s the one thing he enjoys the most,” said Mr Edwards.

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“You can put cartoons on the telly and he’ll tune out in about half an hour. But, he can watch dancing on YouTube for over two hours.”

“For him, he gets so much joy from it. He’d rather play with boomerangs than toys.”

At only 18-months-old Mundarra performed in his first ceremony at Wathaurong Aboriginal Co-Operative in Geelong.

“When we first painted him up he was a bit timid, it was a bit cold though to be fair,” said Mr Edwards.

“We have ochre everywhere at home, so he's used to it, he gets his hands into it, he loves it. But he knows when the ochre goes on it’s game time, it’s serious.”

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Mr Edwards made it his mission to pass on culture to both Mundarra and his daughter.

“I love it, I love to study our mobs dances, I dance myself and do ceremony down home,” he said.

“It was just something that we really wanted for them both . . . he is our firstborn and we really really realised how much of a sponge kids are.

"You got to teach them young."