HOH’s One-Minute Recess: Congressional Dance Party

Posted July 9, 2010 at 11:22am

Updated: 2:38 p.m.

D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D) got a shout-out on “American Idol”-esque reality competition “So You Think You Can Dance” on Thursday night, but it wasn’t because of her slick moves on the dance floor.

Judge Nigel Lythgoe announced that Norton will sponsor a resolution that would designate July 31 as National Dance Day. Lythgoe has been pushing the effort for weeks now, arguing the holiday would not only get Americans to work on their cha-cha-cha, it also would promote better health and exercise.

Lythgoe added that to help get Norton’s bill passed, he and other dance enthusiasts will stage a dancing flash mob in D.C., and Norton released a statement Friday afternoon confirming she’ll host such an event in Meridian Hill Park on July 31.

“Television shows such as ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ are not only entertaining but are also encouraging people to live a physically active lifestyle,” Norton said. “Holding a National Dance Day in the nation’s capital is a terrific way to promote fitness and fight obesity.”

Jackie Kucinich contributed to this report.

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