Saturday 16 December 2017

First lady in White House boogie

US first lady Michelle Obama dances on stage with student performers during a talent show at the White House (AP)
US first lady Michelle Obama dances on stage with student performers during a talent show at the White House (AP)

US first lady Michelle Obama has led a White House talent show featuring students from across the country as part of a programme to encourage arts and humanities.

Actress Sarah Jessica Parker also joined dancing students on stage, but while President Barack Obama made a speech, he wasn't tempted to show off his own smooth moves.

Officials say the programme, which was first rolled out at eight elementary and middle schools, is now being expanded to dozens of schools across several states.

Mrs Obama said the pilot programme had been such a success that it would now be quadrupled: "This fall we are going to be adding a total of 35 schools in 11 states and well over 10,000 more students will finally have access to Arts education, this is huge."

Mr Obama congratulated the students on their performances, saying: "This is not something you do because it's kind of nice to do, it is necessary for these young people to succeed, that we promote the arts.

"I hope that events like this help send a message to school districts and parents and governors and leaders all across this country, you gotta support the arts, it is a priority."

Press Association

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