From donating album proceeds to food banks to keeping the libraries open all night, people are doing their best to give back to Baltimore during this time of protest over the death of Freddie Gray. One resident, however, is attempting to do his part the only way he really knows how -- through dance.
"I saw the chaos going on and I was like, 'Let's go and try to stop the chaos that's going on out there. Let's try to make a change, make a difference instead of sitting by, watching,'" 22-year-old Dimitri Reeves told MTV News after video of him dancing to Michael Jackson's "Beat It" in the streets spread around the Web.
"I did 'You Are Not Alone,' 'Man In The Mirror,' 'Will You Be There' -- and I did 'Beat It' and 'You Rock My World' and all that," he said. "It was a whole show. People thought I was just dancing for fun and being crazy and making fun of what was going on. I'm like, 'That's not what's going on.' The purpose was to go out there and try to make a difference the way I can make a difference."
"Some people were crying, some people were cheering, some people were jumping up on the truck with me and dancing with me," he added.
Reeves has been going out and dancing on the streets and in rural areas for a few years now to bring joy to the less fortunate, he said. "We go to wooded areas, rural areas -- a homeless man tried to tip me when we performed," he told us. "We gave him more than he gave us because we were like, 'No, we don't want your money, but thanks for trying, through.'
"My prayers and thoughts go out to Freddie Gray for everything -- that was a loss and it wasn't necessary," he added. "I want to make that solid first -- because people think that [my dancing is] a marketing strategy."
Twenty-five-year-old Gray died while in the custody of Baltimore police, after he allegedly "fled unprovoked" from officers. After his funeral on April 27, rioters and officers clashed in the streets as protests over his death escalated.
When asked about the protests in his city, Reeves replied, "The rioting was shocking. I feel like the people that are breaking stuff and starting fires -- I feel like that's not necessary. I just want them to think. It's like, say you and me were boxing and all of a sudden I gave you a lick. I hurt you and you got really mad and you starting fighting -- you're not boxing anymore, you're fighting. Because you're not thinking. So that gives me the advantage, because I can come up and knock you out."
Meanwhile, he plans to continue to go out into the streets and dance in support of the city.