Toby Earley, professional dance-vertiser: 'It's all in the wrist'

Toby Earley, professional dance-vertiser: 'It's all in the wrist'

ROSEBURG, Ore. - Meet Toby Earley, professional dance-vertiser.

"You know, it's kind of a mix between dancing and advertising," Earley said before waving at a passing car with a "Wooyeaah! Ha ha!"

There are lots of streetcorner sign wavers around town but none as popular - or as pricey - as Earley.

"Right now, my going rate is $25 an hour with a 2 hour minimum," he said.

And an advertiser gets a whole lot of shaking in 2 hours.

"I think you have to stop and realize that what he's doing for that $25 an hour is aerobics," said Lynne Brown of Sutherlin, who worked with Earley over the summer.

"It is very rough on the body," Earley said. "You know, at times, I really can not move after I get done."

Brown pulled over when she saw Earley working an intersection near the Roseburg Valley Mall to give the man a hug.

"He's absolutely wonderful," she said. "Just a sweet, sweet guy."

Earley's dance-vertisements are so effective, people actually come up to him with job offers, he said. He's worked at 135 businesses, traveling as far north as Seattle and as far south as San Francisco.

He ven has a Facebook page. With 3,500 hundred "Likes" in a town of 20,000 people, he's kind of a big deal.

And his enthusiasm is infectious.

"We've got to have fun with whatever we do, whether it be flippin burgers, whether it be picking bales of hay," Earley said.

But is he having too much fun? One woman pulled over to tell him he was waving his sign too fast.

"They can't read what you say," she told him.

He held the sign still for her to read it.

"If you don't listen to the people, you ain't got any customers," Earley said.

One voice made all the difference for him: Earley met his first sign waver when he was 12.

"I was like, right on. How are you doing that? And he showed me a little move," Earley said. "It's all in the wrist."