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GTA construction worker goes viral busting a move to Ariana Grande

Faiza Amin | posted Monday, Jan 16th, 2017

It was a video of a Toronto man dancing while on a construction job, shared among family and friends on Facebook, that instead quickly spread like wildfire to reach tens of millions people worldwide… and even got Hollywood’s attention.

The man at the centre of it all is Tony Restivo. He can be seen in uniform, doing some pelvic thrusts and high kicks to Ariana Grande’s ‘Into You.’

“The first 15 to 20 seconds, I didn’t know,” Tony told CityNews. “Then from the corner of my eyes, I saw Anthony taping me, and he always tapes me at work when I’m doing something funny.”

It was like any other day for Tony, who started busting out in some dancing, as a way to lighten the mood among his co-workers, something he says he does daily when they work long hours.

“The guys were really quiet that day, and not in good spirits and I just started cranking my music and dancing like I always do,” he explains. “It’s actually a normal thing, I dance all the time at work, to make the guys laugh and have a good time because our job is hard enough as it is.”

The father of two doesn’t even have Facebook, and only found out about the viral video, after his wife Sandy Restivo, told him about the millions of hits.

“I didn’t know it was going to reach this,” said Tony. “I thought only the family was going to see it, and if I knew, I probably would have told Sandy not to put it on.”

Sandy found the video on his phone and put it up online, and to her surprise, it instantly went viral.

“The most common comments I get are, you made my day, thank you for the laughs,” she explained. “I’m glad construction workers have a good time, they’re hard workers.”

Tony’s videos have been also made their way to other social media sites, like Twitter and Instagram. That’s also where Grande herself, gave him two thumbs up for his choreography, posting the video with the caption “hell yeah dude.”

“If she got a kick out of it, that’s great and I hope everybody else got a kick out of it,” Tony said. “In my normal life, this is what I do, have fun with work and life, and go on from there.”

The dancing moves, now watched by 16 million people on Facebook by Sunday evening, have left some asking the inspiration behind that talent.

“Watching Michael Jackson, John Travolta, Elvis Presley, I grew up watching those guys,” he explained. “It just comes naturally, it didn’t come from any particular place.”

If Tony danced his way into your heart, you might also be interested to know that he’s got a voice to go along with those moves. His wife is happy to share him with the world.

“I think it’s great, as long as they smile, maybe they look at their husband’s a little differently at night, I’m happy,” Sandy said.


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