Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

The Bushes Come to Town.(Journal North)

Byline: Wren Propp Journal Staff Writer

Cast of Kids Charms First Lady

First lady Laura Bush clapped to the music and tapped her toes while 500 dancing children strutted their stuff at the National Dance Institute of New Mexico on Friday.

Bush's presence among 500 other guests at the institute's annual gala jazzed an already pretty energetic crew, said NDI artistic director Catherine Oppenheimer.

"I've never seen the kids smile more... Their energy could have lit up this town," Oppenheimer said before Bush's prepared remarks at the gala dinner.

The first lady praised the children, their teachers and NDI for the hard work.

"This was the most hopeful and uplifting performance I've seen," Bush said at the gala.

She also recognized the Santa Fe Public Schools district for its donation of land where the institute was built. …

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