Who: Jahmaul Allen
Why we picked him: The holidays can be stressful, especially when traveling. But nervous flyers heading home just before Christmas were in for a moment of joy when 28-year-old Jahmaul Allen broke out some impromptu dance moves on the tarmac at Toronto Pearson International Airport.
Jahmaul, a ground worker for American Airlines who aspires to be a pilot, was guiding an airplane to the runway when he saw a child crying through one of the aircraft’s windows. That’s when he decided it was time to bust a move.
“I felt like I needed to brighten that child’s life,” Allen told ABC News. “I just made her smile and stop crying, and the mother was there applauding me, encouraging me to dance more, so then I continued to dance!”
The video, captured by a fellow passenger, shows Allen hopping and swinging his batons to the delight of many. But we’re sure he never imagined that the online world would see his dancing, too. The original video now has more than 10,000 views on Instagram alone and has been picked up by multiple media outlets.
Thank you for spreading joy this holiday season, Jahmaul!
Fun fact: We may dub Jahmaul as our Dancer of the Week, but the industry term for his role on the tarmac is actually “wing walker.”
Rockette kicks (on a scale from 10 to 10!):