Dancing White House Visitor Virginia McLaurin Celebrates 107th Birthday - NBC4 Washington

Dancing White House Visitor Virginia McLaurin Celebrates 107th Birthday

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    Grandma Virginia Celebrates 107th Birthday

    The D.C. woman who danced her way into the hearts of millions of people when she met President Barack Obama will turn 107 this weekend. (Published Friday, March 11, 2016)

    The D.C. woman who danced her way into the hearts of millions of people when she met President Barack Obama broke out her best dance moves to celebrate her 107th birthday Friday. 

    Virginia McLaurin and 300 of her friends gathered at THEARC in southeast Washington to celebrate Friday. 

    McLaurin's day was full of surprises. Bob's Discount Furniture gifted her with furniture to make her more comfortable in her northwest D.C. apartment. 

    Even the White House also sent McLaurin a gift -- a Presidential Medal of Honor for her years of volunteer service.

    In her 107 years, McLaurin has worked as a housekeeper, nanny and seamstress. She now volunteers at an area school, where she works with young children. 

    "She works one-on-one with kids. I think it's the love that she gives, the patience that she gives," said Cheryl Christmas, who directs United Planning Organization’s Foster Grandparent Program.

    Last month, McLaurin fulfilled her dream of visiting the White House and meeting President Obama and the first lady. McLaurin was so happy during the meeting, she just couldn't stop dancing. 

    The White House video featuring McLaurin has received over 64 million views on the White House's Facebook page. Many of those commenting expressed their joy over seeing McLaurin dance during the meeting.