WASHINGTON, D.C. — On Monday, February 8, First Lady Michelle Obama welcomed 51 local Washington, D.C. students to the White House for a Black History Month celebration. This year, the theme is “Honoring the Past While Celebrating the Present; 7 Years of Living African American History.” As part of this celebration, FLOTUS highlighted the contributions African American women have made to dance by hosting a day-long dance workshop for the students.
The students worked with iconic leaders in dance, including Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s Judith Jamison, Debbie Allen, the Dance Theatre of Harlem’s Virginia Johnson, and Hip-Hop choreographer Fatima Robinson. Each of these women have played a pivotal role in shaping the landscape of African American women and girls in dance.
Later In the evening, as a culmination of the workshops, the students performed, telling the story of African American history and culture through dance. | ©2016 Photo by Cheriss May, www.cherissmay.com