HOH’s One-Minute Recess: Final Countdown

Posted December 20, 2010 at 10:45am

From a Congressman refusing to pay his cab fare to a certain staffer misusing a listserv, 2010 was a good year for gossip. Over the next two weeks HOH will count down our top 10 items of the year. We’ve sifted through dozens of columns and found the most salacious, titillating and hilarious gossip of the year. 

In our No. 10 spot is the story in which we learned about the legendary dance moves of D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D).

“Congressional Dancing Queen” From July 27:

Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton doesn’t just think she can dance … she knows it.

The D.C. Democrat is leading the effort to designate July 31 as National Dance Day and will partner up with “So You Think You Can Dance” judge Nigel Lythgoe on the National Mall to host a National Dance Day flash mob. While professional dancers and SYTYCD contestants are scheduled to perform, Norton told HOH that she expects to bust out a few moves of her own.

“I’m known for it,” Norton said. “If there’s a dance I don’t know, I’ll get out and learn it.”

Former Olympic gymnast Dominique Dawes, co-chairwoman of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition, also plans to stop by the event. National Dance Day, which will be celebrated across the country, ties perfectly into efforts to promote physical fitness, including first lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” campaign, Norton said.

“Why not focus on a physical exercise that is a lot of fun?” she added.

Norton tells HOH that she has invited every Member of Congress to try out a few moves of their own. Since Norton introduced the measure, several people have asked whether she thinks she can dance.

“I’ll answer, ‘Yeah, I think I can dance,’” Norton said. “Put the music on, I’ll get out there.”