I will admit. I’m not the biggest ballet fan. But, from constant prodding from VC, I scoured YouTube for videos of Misty Copeland, and was quite taken. So, for tonight’s Night Owl Chat, a bit of Ms. Copeland
A few weeks ago I posted this, taking a trip down memory lane. Concurrently with electro, there was another genre called “freestyle”. This was more the music of my time in L.A. Again, dark sweaty parties dancing until you couldn’t dance any longer. So, more dancing for you night owls.
You can’t really define electro music except by the way it makes you feel. Oh, you can say that it’s a mix of Kraftwerk and hip hop. But all you really want to do is get out on the dance floor and sweat. Many a dark and sweaty basement party in 1980s NYC was fueled by Africa Bambaataa and Planet Patrol. So, to lead you into the night, a little trip down my memory lane.
President Obama interacts with children while flanked by First Lady Michelle Obama and Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Chairman David Archambault II during the Cannon Ball Flag Day celebration at the Cannon Ball Powwow Grounds on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota
Man in the crowd: “We love Michelle too!” Pres. Obama smiles: “Of course you love Michelle. Who doesn’t love Michelle?” #PrezRezVisit
….. As the First Lady put it, she’s “Eeyore,” and he’s “Mr. Happy Guy, seeing the glass half full.” “I’m like regular people. It’s like – we’re losing! The sky is falling! Oh no!” she said. “And he’s like, just calm down.”
First lady Michelle Obama reaches for a hand as she arrives for physical activity with kids at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at the Walt Disney World Resort, Orlando, Florida, Feb. 11
AP: Add another dance move to Michelle Obama’s repertoire. This one has to do with a certain celebrity platypus. The first lady gave “the platypus walk” a try on Saturday during a visit to Disney World’s ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.
The dance was inspired by Disney’s “Phineas and Ferb” show, whose characters include Perry the Platypus. It required some flapping of flippers, or arms if you’re human, shuffling left and right and yanking limbs up and down, all to a pulsing rock beat.
Mrs. Obama did the dance at an event marking the second anniversary of her “Let’s Move” campaign against childhood obesity.
…. with Perry the Platypus from the children’s TV show “Phineas and Ferb”
President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden talk with former Representative Gabrielle Giffords and her husband, Mark Kelly, after the President signed H.R. 3801, the Ultralight Aircraft Smuggling Prevention Act of 2012, in the Oval Office, Feb. 10, 2012. This bill is the last piece of legislation that Giffords sponsored and voted on in the U.S. House of Representatives. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
Steve Benen: If the right was outraged by the patriotic message in Clint Eastwood’s Chrysler ad, conservatives will be looking for the fainting couch after seeing Bruce Springsteen’s new video.
“Is it patriotic to stash your money in the Cayman Islands?”
First lady Michelle Obama joins experts from WebMD for a town hall on healthy families at the Homestead YMCA Family Center, Florida
ABC: It’s not every day that you see the First Lady of the United States doing “The Running Man” and “The Dougie.” But today, First Lady Michelle Obama well, busted a move.
While visiting the Alice Deal Middle School in Washington, Mrs. Obama watched students perform the dance routine choreographed by Beyonce for Mrs. Obama’s Let’s Move! campaign…
“Beyoncé is one of my favorite performers on the planet. And when she agreed to remake her video and do this “Let’s Move” flash workout, I was so excited, because this is what we’ve been talking about – that exercise and moving can be fun,” Mrs. Obama said, “It’s about dancing, it’s about moving.”
The First Lady said she had not had time to learn the moves so “not to embarrass” herself she’d just watch from the sidelines as the students danced in front of her on the football field.
But once the music started Mrs. Obama couldn’t resist and she started mimicking the moves – including The Dougie, The Running Man, the Cha-Cha, and the Rumba among many other choreographed dance moves.
She called for a second playing of the song so she could join in, and she did so…rather animatedly the second time around.
First lady Michelle Obama dances with students at Alice Deal Middle School in northwest Washington, May 3, during a surprise visit for the school’s Let’s Move! event
First Lady Michelle Obama visits students at Ballou High School in Washington, March 30
Politic365: First Lady Michelle Obama and some of the most powerful women across a variety of endeavors will fan out this week across Washington, D.C. area schools to promote mentoring for young people.
On Wednesday, March 30, Mrs. Obama and 22 guest mentors will split up to visit six high schools in Greater Washington. At each location, some of the featured women will participate in a Q&A session and share their personal and career experiences with students. The school-based events area open to all students, but will have a specific focus on mentoring for young women.
Later in the evening, the First Lady will host the guest mentors and 120 additional students for dinner and a program in the East Room of the White House.
See here for the list of guest mentors for Wednesday’s events
Actress Hilary Swank, actress Anna Deveare Smith and Israeli violinist Miri Ben-Ari pose with students at Eastern High School in Washington. Swank joined the prominent women to promote, along with US First Lady Michelle Obama, mentoring by successful women as part of Women’s History Month at the White House.