YouTube Sensation to Appear at William Woods

Judson Laipply
Judson Laipply

Judson Laipply, creator of the “Evolution of Dance” video on YouTube and a comedic motivational speaker, is scheduled to appear at William Woods University. He promises to do two things: make you laugh and make you think.

His presentation, part of the President’s Concert and Lecture Series, is free and open to the public. It is scheduled for 6 p.m. April 2 in Cutlip Auditorium of the McNutt Campus Center.

Laipply graduated from Bluffton University with a Bachelor of Arts degree and earned a master’s degree at Bowling Green State University. He has worked on a cruise ship, at a camp in Colorado, as a certified Aerobics instructor, a part-time auctioneer and a college course teacher. In addition to being an inspirational speaker, he is a published poet and author of a weekly column.

What Laipply is most known for, however, is his video, “Evolution of Dance.” In March 2001, he combined 12 popular dance songs from the last 50 years into a six-minute dance video. Today the original video on YouTube has more than 254.6 million views, and is one of the most popular videos of all time.

The popularity of his video has led to appearances on the Today Show, Ellen, Inside Edition, E!, Oprah

Judson Laipply
Judson Laipply

and hundreds of other media outlets around the world. He has also been in two music videos—one for Bare Naked Ladies and one for Weezer, performed at halftime of the NBA finals.

Laipply says, “I am so blessed to be able to do what I do. I get to combine my two favorite things in the world. I love to entertain and make people laugh. I also love to help people grow and develop.”

He added, “I thrive on getting people to think about things, shift their perception, and hope that I might just be able to give them something to help make their life better. Combining those two onstage is just about as good as it gets!”

His workshop topics include “Life is Change,” “The Paradoxes of Life,” “Why I am Better Than You: Establishing Your Place in Today’s Society,” “Selling Sand in the Desert: How to Market and Sell Anything,” “The Intelligence in Emotion,” “Becoming an ‘It’ Person” and “The 5 L’s for Living.”

WWU’s President’s Concert and Lecture Series brings speakers and top entertainment to campus for the enjoyment of students and the community. For more information, contact Brenda Foster at