Hello, friends! Are you having a bit of a rough Monday? Let 106-year-old Virginia McLaurin fix that for you.
Correction: 106-year old dancing queen Virginia McLaurin.
Actually, no—that still doesn't convey the fabulousness of this grand lady. Let's go with: 106-year-old PRESIDENTIAL DANCE PARTNER and TOTAL ROCKSTAR Virginia McLaurin.
Over the weekend, the impossibly cool centenarian—she was born in 1909!—came to the White House for a meet-and-greet with Barack and Michelle Obama, arranged as part of Black History Month celebrations. While the Obamas are pretty impressivedancers themselves, they could hardly keep pace with McLaurin, who turned the visit—a longtime dream of hers—into a bona fide dance party.
#GOALSGOALSGOALS (via Facebook/The White House)
"What's the secret to still dancing at 106?" the President asked McLaurin. Her answer: "Just keep movin'!"
It's the best, happiest, wonderfulest thing you'll see all week. Case of the Mondays: CLOSED.
Yes, we have to tip our hats to Fallon for showing the world the wonderfulness that is the first lady's momography. Last night, to celebrate the crazy virality of MObama's #GimmeFive campaign (haaay Beyoncé!), Fallon and Obama gave us round 2 of "The Evolution of Mom Dancing." It was quite possibly even more glorious than the first edition:
(Though, lbh, there's no way Michelle "Even Mom Choreo Can't Make Me Look Bad" Obama would ever be one move behind in Zumba class.)
Here's a riddle for you: What happens when you bring together the First Lady of the United States, one of the funniest women on TV and some of the country's most celebrated commercial dancers?
This. This is what happens. (Photo by Amanda Lucidon, via the White House)
On Monday, First Lady Michelle Obama got together with fellow dance-lover Ellen DeGeneres to talk about her #GimmeFive challenge. In celebration of Let's Move's fifth anniversary, she's asking Americans everywhere to show off five ways they stay fit and healthy. Among those who've accepted the #GimmeFive challenge? Umm...Beyoncé:
NBD. But the First Lady had a different challenge in mind for Ellen: a dance-off of sorts. She challenged Ellen to learn the brand-new #GimmeFive Dance—and to perform it on the show. And, as you can see, they had some serious backup: "So You Think You Can Dance" All-Stars Travis Wall, tWitch Boss, Jasmine Harper, Robert Roldan, Kathryn McCormick and Marko Germar. Phew. No pressure, at all.
We love these guys so much we just HAD to put them on our July/August 2012 cover. (Photo by Jacob Pritchard)
Have we mentioned lately that we're obsessed with the Broadway show Newsies? OK, maybe we have once or twice (or maybe it was three times). But can you blame us? I mean, Disney sure knows how to put on a completely dance-tastic show. If you've seen it, you can probably relate to that overwhelming desire to get up out of your seat and seize the day right alongside these über-talented dancers.
Disney has capitalized on that urge as a part of its new "Get Up and Go" campaign. The idea behind it is pretty self-explanatory: It's about using dance—specifically Broadway dance—to get kids moving. Since December, Newsies cast members have been visiting participating NYC schools to talk to students about healthy living and to teach them some of the choreography from the show. (Jealous!)
This week, Disney released a free online tutorial with Newsies choreographer Christopher Gattelli teaching a section of "Seize the Day." Now you don't have to be in one of those NYC schools to get in on the fun! Oh, and they got none other than Michelle Obama to introduce the tutorial. Super casual. If you think about it, it makes sense—"Get Up and Go" has a similar mission to the First Lady's "Let's Move" campaign.
The cast will also include live tutorials in select cities as a part of their upcoming national tour. And this is just the beginning: Disney plans to continue "Get Up and Go" with Aladdin and The Lion King in 2015.
Look out for Gattelli and select cast members on "Good Morning America" this Tuesday, July 22. They'll be teaching the choreo to a live audience in NYC's Times Square. And in the meantime, check out the tutorial below, and get dancin'!