Dancing at the White House

Tuesday's inaugural performance of the new White House Dance Series transformed the stately room into a stage for some of the world's most talented dancers to strut their stuff: Endless pirouettes, gravity-defying leaps, and some crazy one-handed spinning handstands, too.

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WASHINGTON - SEPTEMBER 07: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater dancer Linda Celeste Sims performs an excerpt from the piece "Cry" during the first White House Dance Series in the East Room of the White House September 7, 2010 in Washington, DC. The dance event was a tribute Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Artistic Director Judith Jamison, a famous modern dancer, choreographer and Alvin Ailey's muse for the piece "Cry." (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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WASHINGTON - SEPTEMBER 07: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater dancer Linda Celeste Sims performs an excerpt from the piece "Cry" during the first White House Dance Series in the East Room of the White House September 7, 2010 in Washington, DC. The dance event was a tribute Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Artistic Director Judith Jamison, a famous modern dancer, choreographer and Alvin Ailey's muse for the piece "Cry." (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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WASHINGTON - SEPTEMBER 07: Malia Obama (C) attends the first White House Dance Series with their mother, First Lady Michelle Obama, in the East Room of the White House September 7, 2010 in Washington, DC. The dance event was a tribute to Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Artistic Director Judith Jamison, a famous modern dancer, choreographer and muse to Alvin Ailey. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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WASHINGTON - SEPTEMBER 07: Malia Obama (L) and Sasha Obama (R) attend the first White House Dance Series with their mother, First Lady Michelle Obama, in the East Room of the White House September 7, 2010 in Washington, DC. The dance event was a tribute to Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Artistic Director Judith Jamison, a famous modern dancer, choreographer and muse to Alvin Ailey. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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WASHINGTON - SEPTEMBER 07: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater dancer Linda Celeste Sims performs an excerpt from the piece "Cry" during the first White House Dance Series in the East Room of the White House September 7, 2010 in Washington, DC. The dance event was a tribute Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Artistic Director Judith Jamison, a famous modern dancer, choreographer and Alvin Ailey's muse for the piece "Cry." (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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WASHINGTON - SEPTEMBER 07: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater dancer Linda Celeste Sims performs an excerpt from the piece "Cry" during the first White House Dance Series in the East Room of the White House September 7, 2010 in Washington, DC. The dance event was a tribute Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Artistic Director Judith Jamison, a famous modern dancer, choreographer and Alvin Ailey's muse for the piece "Cry." (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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WASHINGTON - SEPTEMBER 07: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater dancer Linda Celeste Sims performs an excerpt from the piece "Cry" during the first White House Dance Series in the East Room of the White House September 7, 2010 in Washington, DC. The dance event was a tribute Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Artistic Director Judith Jamison, a famous modern dancer, choreographer and Alvin Ailey's muse for the piece "Cry." (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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WASHINGTON - SEPTEMBER 07: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater dancer Linda Celeste Sims performs an excerpt from the piece "Cry" during the first White House Dance Series in the East Room of the White House September 7, 2010 in Washington, DC. The dance event was a tribute Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Artistic Director Judith Jamison, a famous modern dancer, choreographer and Alvin Ailey's muse for the piece "Cry." (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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WASHINGTON - SEPTEMBER 07: First Lady Michelle Obama embraces Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Artistic Director Judith Jamison during the first White House Dance Series in the East Room of the White House September 7, 2010 in Washington, DC. The dance event was a tribute Jamison, a famous modern dancer, choreographer and muse to Alvin Ailey. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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WASHINGTON - SEPTEMBER 07: First Lady Michelle Obama delivers remarks during the first White House Dance Series in the East Room of the White House September 7, 2010 in Washington, DC. The dance event was a tribute to Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Artistic Director Judith Jamison, a famous modern dancer, choreographer and muse to Alvin Ailey. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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WASHINGTON - SEPTEMBER 07: First Lady Michelle Obama delivers remarks during the first White House Dance Series in the East Room of the White House September 7, 2010 in Washington, DC. The dance event was a tribute to Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Artistic Director Judith Jamison, a famous modern dancer, choreographer and muse to Alvin Ailey. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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WASHINGTON - SEPTEMBER 07: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Artistic Director Judith Jamison (C) talks with dancers before a workshop with dance students from across the country in the East Room of the White House September 7, 2010 in Washington, DC. First Lady Michelle Obama is hosting The White House Dance Series: A Tribute to Judith Jamison to honor Jamison for her outstanding career as an American dancer, choreographer, and artistic director of the dance theater for the past 20 years. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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WASHINGTON - SEPTEMBER 07: The East Room of the White House is transformed into a dance studio during a workshop for students from across the country September 7, 2010 in Washington, DC. First Lady Michelle Obama is hosting the workshop with students from the Alvin Ailey School, Ballet Hispanico, Cab Calloway School of the Arts, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Interlochen Center for the Arts, the Washington School of Ballet, the National Dance Institute's New York, Colorado and New Mexico affiliates, the Chicago Multicultural Dance Center and the Philadelphia School for Creative and Performing Arts. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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WASHINGTON - SEPTEMBER 07: Ballet dancer Damian Woetzel (C), a member of President Barack Obama?s Committee on the Arts and Humanities, leads students from across the country in a workshop in the East Room of the White House September 7, 2010 in Washington, DC. First Lady Michelle Obama is hosting the workshop with students from the Alvin Ailey School, Ballet Hispanico, Cab Calloway School of the Arts, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Interlochen Center for the Arts, the Washington School of Ballet, the National Dance Institute's New York, Colorado and New Mexico affiliates, the Chicago Multicultural Dance Center and the Philadelphia School for Creative and Performing Arts. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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WASHINGTON - SEPTEMBER 07: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Arts and Education Programs Director Nasha Thomas Schmitt (C) leads students from across the country in a workshop in the East Room of the White House September 7, 2010 in Washington, DC. First Lady Michelle Obama is hosting the workshop with students from the Alvin Ailey School, Ballet Hispanico, Cab Calloway School of the Arts, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Interlochen Center for the Arts, the Washington School of Ballet, the National Dance Institute's New York, Colorado and New Mexico affiliates, the Chicago Multicultural Dance Center and the Philadelphia School for Creative and Performing Arts. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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WASHINGTON - SEPTEMBER 07: The East Room of the White House is transformed into a dance studio during a workshop for students from across the country September 7, 2010 in Washington, DC. First Lady Michelle Obama is hosting the workshop with students from the Alvin Ailey School, Ballet Hispanico, Cab Calloway School of the Arts, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Interlochen Center for the Arts, the Washington School of Ballet, the National Dance Institute's New York, Colorado and New Mexico affiliates, the Chicago Multicultural Dance Center and the Philadelphia School for Creative and Performing Arts. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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WASHINGTON - SEPTEMBER 07: The East Room of the White House is transformed into a dance studio during a workshop for students from across the country September 7, 2010 in Washington, DC. First Lady Michelle Obama is hosting the workshop with students from the Alvin Ailey School, Ballet Hispanico, Cab Calloway School of the Arts, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Interlochen Center for the Arts, the Washington School of Ballet, the National Dance Institute's New York, Colorado and New Mexico affiliates, the Chicago Multicultural Dance Center and the Philadelphia School for Creative and Performing Arts. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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WASHINGTON - SEPTEMBER 07: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Artistic Director Judith Jamison observes a workshop with dance students from across the country in the East Room of the White House September 7, 2010 in Washington, DC. First Lady Michelle Obama is hosting The White House Dance Series: A Tribute to Judith Jamison to honor Jamison for her outstanding career as an American dancer, choreographer, and artistic director of the dance theater for the past 20 years. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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WASHINGTON - SEPTEMBER 07: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Artistic Director Judith Jamison (C) walks through a group of students from across the country as they warm up for a workshop in the East Room of the White House September 7, 2010 in Washington, DC. First Lady Michelle Obama is hosting The White House Dance Series: A Tribute to Judith Jamison to honor Jamison for her outstanding career as an American dancer, choreographer, and artistic director of the dance theater for the past 20 years.(Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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