Airport Ambassadors get their groove on

Photo: The Ambassadors livened up the airport with their flash mob routines. /Photo by John Starkey

DFW International Airport passengers got a little more than they paid for when a flash mob broke out at multiple times throughout the day in different terminals on Sept. 4.

Members of the DFW Airport Ambassadors program danced to a number of boot scootin’ hits and were even joined by excited airport guests.

“It’s just for the purpose of fun,” said Virginia Fuerte, who is the fitness instructor for the airport. “It’s all about having a good time and knowing that everyone has enjoyed it while we’ve been practicing. We’ve come a long way.

“We’re trying to incorporate a remix of songs that are pretty universal for everybody. It works really well, because then we have the passengers who know the music, so they can just jump in and dance as well.”

Not everyone is a born dancer, but after a couple of months of practice, the ambassadors were ready to strut their stuff.

“They have done remarkably well; I’m so proud of them,” Fuerte said. “At the beginning, it was all new to them and sometimes change isn’t good for everybody. Of course, it worked out really well and now they want more. They want us to do something like this regularly, so we’re going to look into that.”

Fellow ambassador Ellen Mucha enjoys the dancing, but appreciates the impact it has on passengers just as much.

“We are line dancing to liven up the passengers’ experience for Labor Day weekend. I’ve always wanted to do a flash mob,” Mucha said. “When you see them online it looks like such a fun thing to do for the performers. If you look at the audience, their eyes are wide open, and they look like they appreciate a little difference in their routine, some entertainment. So I’ve always wanted to do this; I just never really knew how to go about it.”

Mucha and the rest of the dancers put time and dedication into the planning and execution of the performances after a successful flash mob earlier in the year.

“We’ve had several practices where we’ve learned the dances. Then we get together and watch each other and have a good time. The first time was Memorial Day weekend,” Mucha said.

“The first time they loved it. They got their cameras out and filmed us, and some of them even joined in. We’re going to try and coax them into joining us and normally people do.”

Passengers and DFW employees enjoyed the show equally. Charles Walls has worked at DFW International for years and had not seen anything quite like it.

“I think this is wonderful to see all these people jamming and moving like this. It puts a smile on everyone’s face, bottom line. I work for TGI Friday’s here at the airport. I’ve been here for 15 years and I’ve never seen anything like it. It’s wonderful,” Walls said.

Passengers like Sara agreed, “I think it’s great. Look at all these people smiling. This is the first time I’ve ever seen a flash mob with older people like this. I travel globally, and this is the first time I’ve ever seen this.”

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Courtney Ouellette
Courtney Ouellette is a proud army brat, sports fan and dog lover. She studied journalism and public relations with a sports concentration at Baylor University, where she graduated in December of 2014. During college she enjoyed interning with ESPN Central Texas radio and Smoaky’s Academic All-Stars scholarship foundation. Following graduation, she worked in marketing for a short time before deciding she wanted a position that would allow her to do more writing. Courtney began reporting for the Rambler in March of 2015 and was a junior editor.