Michelle Obama surprised students at the Alice Deal Middle School in northwest Washington on Tuesday afternoon when she showed up to work out with them.
Students at Deal and more than 600 schools across the country and one on an American military base in Japan took part in a flash workout put together in support of Mrs. Obama’s campaign to reduce childhood obesity, the White House said.
“This is way more fun than sitting in front of the TV,” she said.
Flashing her own chiseled arms, Mrs. Obama and the children ran, jumped and grooved to Beyonce’s “Move Your Body,” a re-mixed version of her single “Get Me Bodied.”
The Grammy-winning singer recorded the song and an accompanying videoto support Mrs. Obama’s campaign. For those who require it, Beyonce’s choreographer provides instruction. The nationwide “dance in” was put together by a coalition of educators led by the National Association of Broadcasters Education Foundation.
Mrs. Obama told the students that Beyonce was one of her favorite performers “on the planet,” but that she hadn’t had time to master the singer’s moves.
“I’m going to be off the side trying not to embarrass myself,” Mrs. Obama said.
But she couldn’t resist joining in and broke out moves such as the Dougie and the Running Man.
Mrs. Obama did the routine with the children twice. As she left, she urged them to “just keep it up.”
“Keep moving. Keep eating right. Keep exercising,” she said.
Back at the White House, President Obama honored Michelle Shearer of Maryland as the National Teacher of the Year.
Ms. Shearer teaches advanced chemistry at Urbana High School in Frederick, Md. She and the winners of state teacher of the year awards joined Mr. Obama in a ceremony in the Rose Garden.
Mr. Obama said Ms. Shearer was exemplary among educators “who are constantly striving to get better and help their students get better.”
“At a time when our success as a nation depends on our ability to out-educate other countries, we desperately need more Michelles out there,” he said.
Mr. Obama repeated his call for Congress to amend the No Child Left Behindlaw to make it less punitive and more flexible, changes he said would help teachers become more effective in the classroom.