There’s a lot to say about the Obamas, but one thing you can count on is that Obama’s are breaking records everywhere. First Lady Michelle Obama hosted the 1st Dance Event in the White House East Room, and her daughters Sasha and Malia as well as Michelle’s mother Marian were there. They had high-voltage expenditure of human energy taking place beneath them, endless pirouettes, gravity-defying leaps, some crazy one-handed spinning handstands, and it’s a wonder that neither the windows or the expensive chandeliers remain intact, not in my neighborhood.
The dance performance was held by Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in New York named for Alvin Ailey who started the dance theater in March 1958. Today, Artistic Director Judith Jamison who is 67 years old, has taken on the role in continuing the legacy of the Alvin Ailey dance theater which has performed for an estimated 23 million people in 48 states and in 71 countries on six continents, including two historic residences in South Africa. She has also done a 15 minute solo dance of “Cry” from her famous dancing years with great dramatic power and has applied that to the Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre.
At the end of the event, Ms. Jamison told the Associated Press that “Dance is the soul of this country. Pay attention to your arts.” We have looked at art for so long as paintings, drawings and music to the point where we forget that dance is an art forum too. Our children are always dancing around the house or our grandparents singing or humming a song while cooking and not realizing that talent they have is not what they can do but how well they can do it. It’s a combination of organization, development of skills, communication and working in unison.
I believe that children are breaking records every day and everywhere in the art forum, but not getting enough recognition. Art is not just an academic class, it’s a way to get children to follow directions, communicate, be expressive and creative with their own thinking and make positive choices. Children need to be encouraged, up-lifted, recognized and be supported for what they can do and have done. The reward is not being an artist, but the outcome of how you can became “successful.”