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Dancing man at airport lifts passengers' experience

Posted at 10:02 PM, Oct 24, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-24 22:02:43-04

HENRIETTA, NY (WROC/CNN) - Kyran Ashford started working at the Greater Rochester International Airport  more than five years ago, but it didn’t take long for co-workers and passengers to discover he wasn’t afraid of showing his fun side.

“It’s part of who I am,” said Ashford, who’s known for his dance moves on the airport runway as he directs plane traffic. “I like to come to work and get positive energy all around me, whether it be my coworkers, passengers, friends, whatever. Wherever I am, I like to make sure that character is shown throughout whoever I’m around.”

He has a special move he calls the Kyran Twist, and video of one of his performances has gone viral.

“I didn’t really see it going this far, but I’m excited about it, and I’m glad I have such a positive outlook on it,” he said.

Ashford said his work comes first, but when he has that extra five minutes, it’s showtime.

“People are flying out for so many different reasons, so knowing that people could be flying out for a good reason or bad reasons, if I can just do something so small, just to turn your day around and give you a smile, just to get ready to start your day, then I’ve done my job.”

It’s safe to say he’s done a good job.

“It doesn’t matter what you’re doing if you’re giving your best and being the best that you can be,” he said. “You know you’ll enjoy yourself while you’re doing it. Life is too short to be walking around upset all the time or wanting to be stuck in pride or stuck in anger.

“Let it go. Make the best of your day and other people will see it and it will turn their day around.”

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