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Michelle Obama Welcomes the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater to the White House

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    US First Lady Michelle Obama introduces Judith Jamison (back to camera) during The White House Dance Series: A Tribute to Judith Jamison ceremony in the East Room at the White House in Washington, DC, on September 7, 2010. Michelle Obama invited world renowned dance companies to perform at the Administration´┐Żs first event celebrating dance. The White House Dance Series: A Tribute to Judith Jamison will honor Jamison for her outstanding career as an American dancer, choreographer, and Artistic Director of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater for the past 20 years. AFP PHOTO/Jewel Samad (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

    The First Lady hosted an afternoon of workshops and an evening of performances to highlight the contributions of dance to American culture and to honor Judith Jamison, the retiring Artistic Director of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.