Could The White House be training the next Misty Copeland?
On Monday, Feb. 8, First Lady Michelle Obama invited 51 talented young black female dancers to The White House for master dance classes taught by Alvin Ailey dancers, Fatima Robinson, and the legendary Debbie Allen.
This event was the first of its kind to ever be held at The White House in celebration of Black History Month. Debbie Allen taught the African master class while Robinson taught hip-hop, and an Alvin Ailey instructor taught ballet.
Chile, we are DANCING at The @WhiteHouse this morning!!!!!!? A video posted by Debbie Allen (@therealdebbieallen) on
FLOTUS left these young girls with inspiring words to let them know that they should continue growing in their craft, that one day, their success will not just be a headline, but what is expected.
Looking out at these beautiful, talented young women, I know that we have the power to keep reaching higher and defying the odds, and achieving those firsts, and seconds, and thirds, and hundreds, and thousands until a black principal dancer is no longer a cause for headlines. And our children are limited only by the size of their dreams and their willingness to work for them.