Tango dancer: What I told Obama during dance


Mora Godoy made President Barack Obama’s night memorable at a state dinner hosted by ...
Mora Godoy made President Barack Obama’s night memorable at a state dinner hosted by Argentina’s President Mauricio Macri PHOTO/REUTERS

Mora Godoy made President Barack Obama’s night memorable at a state dinner hosted by Argentina’s President Mauricio Macri in Buenos Aires on Wednesday.

The ceremony was held to fete President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama on their visit to the South American capital.

Godoy and her dance partner, José Lugones, were invited to perform at the dinner and had just finished the traditional tango “The Little Parade,” when the stunning brunette got an idea and sashayed over to the Obamas’ table – and asked him to dance.

Godoy – clad in a glittering gold dress that left little to the imagination and matching gold stilettos — made sure she didn’t provoke any jealousy from the first lady by turning on the charm.

“I said hello to Michelle, and I complimented her on her speech today, which was marvelous,” she told Argentinian newspaper La Nacion.

But there was nothing to worry about as Mrs. Obama got into the act, too, accepting an invite to take a twirl with the attractive Lugones.

The first couple hit the floor and danced to another classic tango, “By a Head” – about a compulsive gambler who compares his addiction to playing the ponies to his attraction to women.

43-year-old Mora said: “(The president) told me that he didn’t know how to dance, and I told him to follow me. He said ‘OK,’ and he started to dance. I started to follow him because he is a really good dancer!”

“I was nervous. I’m always nervous when I have a special presentation,” said Mora.

Ms Godoy also said she toned down the sensual nature of the tango — the famously sexy ballroom style created in Buenos Aires — out of respect for both presidents.

 

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