Michelle Obama hosts first White House dance event
So, Marie Antoinette Obama amuses herself in royal fashion as the American Public suffers with job uncertainties and economic disaster. Not only is she splashing out on the American tax dollar to indulge in her racist whims, but she’s also glorifying some African-American retiring dancer that no one’s heard of. You’ll notice that most of the student dancers are black so what does this say about the First Lady? I hope that America shouts out loud and clear in the November elections that they are NOT impressed with what these Socialists have done to the country and to your future….Next time you’re despondent about the economy, dance! Michelle does…
WASHINGTON – The stately White House East Room, home to many a bill signing and ceremonial gathering, becomes a stage Tuesday for pirouettes, jetes, gravity-defying leaps and maybe even some bumps and grinds as Michelle Obama inaugurates a new dance series.
Dancers of all types — ballet, modern, hip hop and Broadway — take over the room, first for an afternoon workshop, during which students from around the country will have the chance to work with some of the biggest names in dance.
Then, after a short break, the students return to see their mentors perform in an hour-long, star-studded show. Even Broadway’s young “Billy Elliot” will be there — four Billys actually, from the show’s rotating cast.
But the main attraction is the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and that’s because its celebrated artistic director, Judith Jamison, soon to retire after two decades in the job, is the honoree of the event.
“What a rare opportunity, to be invited by your country’s first lady to be honored like this,” Jamison said in a weekend interview. “I’ve been to the White House a couple of times before, but this event is totally unique. It’s so terribly important to recognize this art form and to understand how important it is to the fabric of this country.”
“This will be another clarion call to people: Pay attention to your arts!” Jamison said. “My dancers are so excited.”
Tuesday’s program is directed by Damian Woetzel, the recently retired star of the New York City Ballet who is on the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities.
“Everyone was so excited to be a part of this,” Woetzel said in an interview. “It’s really an exciting opportunity to present the variety of dance in this country. And the student component makes it especially unique. It’s a great way to start the school year.”
But Michelle Obama seems to be a dance fan. Jamison noted proudly that the Obamas and their daughters spent one of their first nights out as first family taking in an Ailey performance at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
“They came backstage, took pictures — the dancers were thrilled,” she said.
The students are from dance schools around the country: The Alvin Ailey School, Ballet Hispanico, Cab Calloway School of the Arts, Dance Theatre of Harlem, the Chicago Multicultural Dance Center and others.