Wednesday, July 17, 2024

‘Dancing Man of Lincoln City’ draws honks and smiles

Stephen R. Goetz
“Dancing man of Lincoln City” Stephen R. Goetz, dances on the corner of 25th Street and Highway 101 Monday afternoon

Stephen R. Goetz, “Dancing man of Lincoln City,” is boogieing on Highway 101 almost every day to “make people happy.”

Goetz is not asking for money and will refuse it if offered. He’s out there “rain or shine” for exercise and to “get some honks and smiles.”

Many passing vehicles honk and there’s no shortage of smiling faces. A few motorists have given Goetz the bird and his response is to blow kisses, wave and smile. “It doesn’t bother me,” he said.

Dancing man of Lincoln City
Dancing Man of Lincoln City is happy with a fresh honk from passing motorists

Goetz elaborated in an interview Monday, answering why he dances on Highway 101 near daily.

“I never pursued what I wanted to do in life,” The 75-years-young man said. “My family — father mostly — told me what to do. And there’s some trauma, but I’m out here trying to make people happy.”

In his younger years, Goetz was able to do some street performing in San Francisco with clad in silver “Tin Man,” a popular artist at the time.

“Tin Man put me up on a milk crate and had me dance. I’ll never forget it.”

Goetz is a writer and spends time writing books and poetry when he’s not dancing.

When asked what he wants to say to the world, Goetz offered this:

“I can’t get in your shoes, but do not give up. You can do anything you want to.”

Dance Dance

The Dancing Man of Lincoln City can be found on TikTok, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Justin Werner
Justin Werner
Justin Werner is the founder and editor of the Lincoln City Homepage, a trusted source of local news and information for residents and visitors of Lincoln City, Oregon. He is also a community leader, entrepreneur, and dedicated advocate for transparency and accountability in local government.


  1. I love Stephen R. Goetz, “Dancing man of Lincoln City,”
    He makes my day when I drive through town always makes me smile
    I hope when I am his age I can have his attitude for life.

  2. Everytime I drive through Lincoln City my grandchildren are looking for him. They get all excited smile and wave. And he always waves back.


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