Wellness is all about cultivating a happy body and a happy mind. And for Instagram star Donté Colley, that involves breaking out his best moves complete with inspirational messages. After posting multiple emoji-filled viral videos to his Instagram account @donte.colley, the 21-year-old motivational dancer has hit over 604,000 followers and counting and has even appeared on Good Morning America and Busy Tonight with Busy Philipps. His influential dance videos are packed with words of love and affirmation and more pink heart emoji than your BFF sends you in a day.
Videos of people dancing are all over the internet, so what is it that makes Donté's videos so special? While they're each only about a minute long, Donté's videos incorporate impressive choreography and dance skills with lighthearted music and emoji that deliver an important, inspirational message. "When I first started making videos I was getting positive feedback from my friends who would message me and be like 'this made me smile today,' so it just kind of motivated me more to keep making them," Donté told BuzzFeed. When he's not busy busting moves and lifting moods, Donté — who's a digital communications student from Toronto — is also an inventory associate for a women's clothing line.
The best part about seeing one of Donté's videos pop up on your feed is that you can totally dance along and get those endorphins flowing while listening to songs from Rihanna or The Office theme song and being showered in compliments. Fans look forward to these uplifting posts and spread the love by flooding the videos with sweet comments and sharing his posts with their friends. "You are AWESOME!!!! I cannot get through my day without you," wrote one fan, echoing the comments of thousands of others who find Donté's videos to be the perfect feel-good fuel.
In one video, known as "You Are on the Right Track," Donté captioned the Instagram post with a motivational message to help recharge your spirit and inspire people to believe in themselves. "Your life is YOUR responsibility and your path is completely different than everyone else's. It's specially curated for you! Don't let anyone hold you back. We can all grow and learn from each other! There's space for all of us. You are doing amazing. #KeepGoing," he wrote. It's just as important to pay attention to your mental wellness as your physical wellness, and watching Donté's videos is like a shot of green juice for the soul.
Donté says his fans make his videos all "worthwhile," and he plans to continue making more in the future to keep putting smiles on people's faces. "At the end of the day the point is to just have fun, not take it too seriously and just literally go off," he told BuzzFeed.
So if you need some pre-workout motivation or just a friendly face to make you feel good, check out more of Donté's wholesome videos ahead!