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“This will be another clarion call to people: Pay attention to your arts!” Jamison said.

Though the Obamas have spotlighted many varieties of music since they came to the White House _ there have been events celebrating Latin music, rock, jazz, country, classical and Broadway show tunes _ the dance world might have felt ignored, until now.

Woetzel, who is on the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities, says there will be future performances in the dance series, but won’t give details. “Let’s just say there will be more dance,” he said.

Mrs. Obama had the last word on Tuesday, telling the young people present that “If you’ve done it in the White House, you can do it anywhere!”

And, she said with a smile, “They didn’t break the chandelier!”