Michelle Obama at the Ballet

By Caitlin Taylor

May 19, 2009 9:09am

ABC News’ Yunji de Nies reports: The First Lady continued her New York City tour with an evening at the American Ballet Theatre for the opening spring gala at the Metropolitan Opera House. Caroline Kennedy introduced Michelle Obama, praising her commitment to family and community service. According to the pool report, Mrs. Obama took the stage for roughly three minutes. She spoke about the importance of arts in education. "My husband and I believe strongly that art education is essential for building innovative thinkers who will be our nation’s leaders of tomorrow," she said. "It’s our hope that we can all work together to expose, enrich and empower Americans of all ages through the arts." "Learning through the arts reinforces critical academic skills in reading, language arts and math and provides students with the skills to creatively solve problems." Seated in the First Lady’s box: Dr. Jill Biden, Caroline Kennedy and husband Ed Schlossberg, Blaine Trump, Desiree Rogers, Susan Sher and the America Ballet Theater’s Rachel Moore FLOTUS fashion watch: Mrs. Obama wore a black sleeveless Alaia dress with a Thakoon jacket.

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