With a succession of hip twirls, gyrations and a slap on the rear, Kenny "The Dancing Man" comes on like a lathered-up tornado on speed.
Thousands of Sacramentans at events like Second Saturday, concerts in the park and the State Fair have seen Kenny Buchanan's hours-long street performances.
Many have wondered, "What's the deal with the older guy dancing up a storm?"
Which leads to the next question: "Is there something wrong with him?" And finally: "Why can't I look away?"
While Buchanan's moves look unorthodox, he takes his art very seriously. He trains regularly with professional instructors, said Linda Infante, manager of Ballroom of Sacramento, where he takes classes.
Infante said she and others weren't sure about Buchanan when he first arrived at the studio six years ago, but they have since been won over by his exuberance.
"He's kind of wormed his way into all of our hearts," Infante said. "His passion for dance is just so incredible."
A few quick facts about Buchanan:
-- Age: 69 (he'll be 70 in September)
-- Preferred attire: Leather vest
-- Military service: Army
-- Marital status: Single (got an annulment)
-- Dream: To have his own television show
-- Mantra: "I'm the most famous person in the world that nobody knows about."
Buchanan said that for most of his life he was like most men - shy about dancing. From age 18 to 23, he said, he used alcohol to give him the courage to dance, but soon gave up both drinking and dancing.
After losing his job as a bartender - a job he had held for three decades - Buchanan said he turned to dancing as a social outlet. Buchanan, who said he is being treated for bipolar affective disorder, said medication and dancing have helped smooth out his personality.
He speaks at a rapid-fire clip and said he doesn't mind being seen as a little (or a lot) odd.
"I know people think I'm weird. But I'm dancing with a lot of girls most guys won't get a shot with," he said. "A lot of (people) think I'm on crack cocaine. I'm on sunflower seeds and tuna fish. I take great care of myself."
He carries a wiry but muscled frame, earned from hours and hours of dancing and working out regularly, he said.
While he does get formal training, he said he has no interest in dance competitions. He wants to be the star of the show and, for now, is happy dancing at public events.
His dance idols are Michael Wentink and Yulia Zagoruychenko, world famous in Latin show dance circles. Latin show dance favors large, showy movement and includes elements of the cha cha, samba, paso doble and rumba, Infante said.
Buchanan's dancing has opened some doors for him. Last May he found himself on stage dancing in front of more than a thousand people at a radio station-sponsored concert, and he has danced on a popular morning news program.
His friends at Ballroom of Sacramento are building him a website, kennythedancingman.com.
But his dancing hasn't always been welcome. He was arrested and cited for disorderly conduct last year by State Fair police.
"They thought my dancing was inappropriate," Buchanan said. "They felt my dancing was too sensual."
An official with the fair confirmed the arrest but declined to characterize his dance moves. The case was not pursued by the prosecutor, he said.
Buchanan said he also is not welcome at a trio of Sacramento establishments, District 30, Dive Bar and Mix Downtown.
As much as it sounds like a pipe dream, Buchanan said he is holding on to his aspirations of stardom.
"I just want to dance and have fun with girls and have my own television show, but that is going to be hard," he said. "I don't think anybody should quit because they are a certain age. Sometimes you have to be a legend in your own mind to make it happen."
Call The Bee's Ed Fletcher, (916) 321-1269. Follow him on Twitter @newsfletch.