Michelle Obama Shakes, Shimmies and Twirls With Mini Cats in The Hats

“Shake it up, shake it up,” the first lady said as the kids wiggled and giggled.

January 21, 2015, 12:51 PM

— -- First Lady Michelle Obama found some new exercise partners today that you may have heard of: Thing 1, Thing 2 and The Cat in The Hat.

In an effort to educate kids about the importance of staying active, the first lady welcomed the famous Dr. Seuss characters and mini Cats in the Hat, a.k.a. local school students, to jump, shimmy, and shake with her at the White House.

After a spirited reading of Dr. Seuss’ “Oh, The Things You Can Do That Are Good For You!” Mrs. Obama ran the kids through a series of short, silly exercises.

“Let’s go. ... Show me what you got!” she said, as she took to her feet in the East Room of the White House.

The first lady showed them how easy it can be to exercise, as the group pretended to brush their teeth, walk their dog, and swim.

“Knees up, knees up, knees up!” she yelled, as the kids ran in place, their stripped hats bobbing up and down.

Then came a brief round of limbo and freeze dance followed by some enthusiastic shaking.

“Shake it up, shake it up,” the first lady said as the kids wiggled and wobbled. "Shake harder than that!”

“Wait, don’t hurt yourself,” she said.