State of the First Dance & The Dress

Jan 17, 2009 5:27pm

The Obamas have not been taking dance lessons or practicing for their first dance as the first couple on Tuesday evening, contrary to President-elect Barack Obama himself admitting that he needs to do so to avoid getting teased by his own wife.

"Michelle keeps on knocking my dancing in public in ways that have hurt my feelings," Obama said in an interview with USA today this week, "so I probably should practice just ’cause she’ll tease me mercilessly if I step on her toes."

Obama has joked on multiple occasions that he’s not going to argue with his wife’s claim that she is a better dancer.

In an interview this week with Univision, Obama said that he’s planning on doing a simple-two step, “you know, nothing fancy.”

The president-elect says that they are scheduled to get home at 3 a.m. on Wednesday morning –- after hitting the 10 official inaugural balls that evening.

The Obamas will be serenaded by Beyonce — a favorite singer of every member of the Obama family –- during their first dance.

In a statement given to Entertainment Tonight, Beyonce revealed that she will be singling “At Last” to the couple as they take their first spin on the dance floor (The Obama’s first song at their wedding was Stevie Wonder’s “You and I”).

What will Michelle Obama be wearing for the inaugural balls? Contrary to past first ladies, Mrs. Obama does not plan to reveal the designer of her dress until inauguration day.

Michelle Obama’s aides tell ABC News that the future first lady has yet to make a final decision on which dress she will wear.

And to prepare for the big moment, the Obamas are each flying in their long-time hairdressers to help them style their hairdos for inauguration day. 

Mr. Obama’s hometown barber, Zariff –- from Hyde Park Hair Salon — has done Obama’s hair for 14 years. He will be coming in for the inauguration to give the future president his pre-presidential clip.

Zariff will also stay for the inauguration festivities as a guest of the Obamas, and spoke of what his friend’s swearing in means for him.

“I’m very proud. Here I’ve seen a guy set out on a path of something that he wanted to achieve,” Zariff told ABC News. “He’s a good example of how what you can achieve though hard work.”

Mrs. Obama has an equally close relationship to her hairdresser, Rahni Flowers, a man she’s known since high school and who has styled her hair for 18 years.

Transition aides confirm that Mrs. Obama will be flying in Mr. Flowers to help with her hair and makeup for the inauguration festivities.

Shortly after winning the presidency in November, Mr. Obama stopped going directly to Zariff’s Hyde Park Hair Salon and opted for private cuts from Zariff at the apartment of an aide.

Will Zariff move to Washington, D.C now that his most famous client has relocated?

“I don’t have to move,” insisted Zariff, speaking from his salon in Chicago. “I will come down especially for him.”

– Yunji de Nies, Jake Tapper and Sunlen Miller

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