White House, Black Ballerinas

Debbie Allen with Michelle Obama at the event. 

Debbie Allen with Michelle Obama at the event. 

In celebration of Black History Month, First Lady Michelle Obama highlighted the contributions African American women have made to dance by welcoming 51 local Washington, D.C. dance students to the White House yesterday.

The children enjoyed a day-long dance camp with pioneering black women in dance, including Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s Judith Jamison, Debbie Allen, Dance Theatre of Harlem’s Virginia Johnson, and Hip-Hop choreographer Fatima Robinson.  

Kudos to Mrs. Obama and the important women who gathered in D.C. to educate and inspire young dancers. In doing so, they also showcased the evolving inclusiveness of dance and exposed the need for us all to do more. 

Dance Theatre of Harlem Company member Lindsey Croop and Washington DC dancers in a masterclass led by Artistic Director Virginia Johnson in the East Room this morning. (Photo: DTH)

Dance Theatre of Harlem Company member Lindsey Croop and Washington DC dancers in a masterclass led by Artistic Director Virginia Johnson in the East Room this morning. (Photo: DTH)