First Lady Michelle Obama will be the guest of honor at a White House dance party next month when she turns “50 and fabulous,” as she put it recently, reports the Chicago Tribune.
Her January 17 birthday represents a personal milestone and a public moment to take stock of the Chicago native who has billed herself as the mom-in-chief, has established herself as a national spokeswoman for fitness, and has earned consistently high marks in the polls, despite criticism from both the right and the left.
The White House has been sending out save-the-date emails for a January 18 gala dubbed “Snacks & Sips & Dancing & Dessert,” sources told the Tribune. Guests are being told: Wear comfortable shoes, eat before you come, and practice your dance moves.
Obama hinted about her birthday plans during a December 16 visit to a children’s hospital, when a fellow Capricorn asked her about her big day. “It might involve some dancing,” she told the girl. “A little Dougie.”
The Dougie, a hip-hop dance, was one of the moves Obama performed on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon when she danced with the host, who was in drag, in a spot called “The Evolution of Mom Dancing.” Aimed at promoting her “Let’s Move” campaign to end childhood obesity, the spot has racked up more than 16.6 million views on YouTube in less than a year.
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Pennsylvania Ballet is saying “thank you” to the city of Philadelphia for 50 years of support with A Gift to the City, a free performance set for October 20 at 3pm at the Academy of Music.
This one-time-only matinee will feature marquee selections from the company’s past and present. Tickets are first come, first serve, and all guests must register for a free ticket at
http://paballet.org/free-performance. WHYY will record the performance for national broadcast on PBS.
Pennsylvania Ballet was founded in 1963 by Balanchine student and protégée Barbara Weisberger. For its upcoming 50th season, the company will present four Balanchine classics: Jewels October 17 to 27; The Nutcracker December 7 to 29; Serenade (sharing a program with Jerome Robbins’ Afternoon of a Faun, Margo Sappington’s Under the Sun Pas de Deux, and Jiří Kylián’s Petite Mort), February 6 to 9; and Stravinsky Violin Concerto (along with John Butler’s Carmina Burana) March 6 to 15.
Other programs include Coppélia, Director’s Choice, and A 50th Finale: the Ultimate Celebration. For more information, visit www.paballet.org or call 215.551.7000.