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Floyd Crellin watches two young dancers perform at his 100th birthday party at the Goddard House in Brookline. (Anna Pinkert for WBUR)
Floyd Crellin watches two young dancers perform at his 100th birthday party at the Goddard House in Brookline. (Anna Pinkert for WBUR)

Only about 80,000 people in the United States are centenarians — people who have reached 100 years of age. On Wednesday, Floyd Crellin became one of them.

Though Floyd worked for Eastman Kodak most of his life, his true passion was ballroom dance — so much so that he was called "twinkle toes" by coworkers.

He moved to Goddard House in Brookline after he broke his hip two years ago. Since then, he has been doing physical therapy exercises every day in the hopes that he could dance on his 100th birthday. On Wednesday, he made his debut on the dance floor at a birthday party in his honor, leading his physical therapist across the floor.

Danielle O'Brien of Goddard House calls Crellin a "great influence" on other residents, enjoying his longevity with friends and family.

Radio Boston's Anna Pinkert visited the man and his dancing shoes.

This segment aired on April 22, 2011.

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