What an honor it was to be invited to perform at the Easter Egg Roll for the second year in a row. Last year it felt like a chance of a lifetime… but this year – wow! How many people get to experience their dreams come true TWICE??? To say it was the best day ever is an understatement.
To make it even more memorable, I brought the KidTribe Crew along with me. To be able to give this experience to 6 inner-city high school kids – it made my heart smile. To see the light in their eyes and to know that they will remember this for the rest of their lives… that feeling will stay with me forever.
We had QUITE an adventure… the whole crazy crew took the “red-eye” from LA to DC Friday night. Our awesome limo driver, Charles picked us up and drove us to the amazing Capital Hill 3-story townhouse we rented for the weekend… complete with old-school arcade games, a karaoke machine, a bunch of rooms with bunkbeds, lovely bedrooms for my staff, and a gorgeous master suite for me, we had quite a home-base. Special thanks to Shirin, our resident “Mom” who kept us fed with delicious home cooked meals!
Sunday was Easter and we headed to The White House for rehearsal. Besides the fact that I got completely stuck in the doors of the metro and was almost chopped in half as it took off, all went well. The kids loved the subway – being from Los Angeles, public transportation is quite a novelty!
So then we get to The White House. Wow. The First Family was out on the lawn. The setting was magical. Our rehearsal went great. Then all of a sudden Will Smith, his wife Jada, and his kids Jaden and Willow appeared. Within seconds we were all having an impromptu hoop party! Man, they sure have some super-duper-hooper skills! Jaden was doing the shuffle and the moonwalk while hooping, Willow was rocking her hoop like a total “warriorette” and Will – well – just check out the picture!
Then came the big event on Monday, April 25th. We woke up at 4:30am to get ready for the 30,000 kids and families throughout the day! Everyone smiling, dancing, laughing, and hooping it up on that beautiful lawn. Our Hoopapalooza Concerts were so much fun – as far as the eye could see there were people of all ages hooping it up! And then we performed our “Let’s Move!” routine that we created in support of the First Lady’s initiative and the crowd went nuts. Everyone was cheering “Let’s Move! Let’s Move!” – it was awesome.
And we met so many amazing people… Willow Smith, Colbie Callait (who sang the National Anthem brilliantly while playing her guitar), Grayson Chance, Kelly Ripa, Gordon & Maria from Sesame Street, the Harlem Globetrotters, John Lithgow, Mindless Behavior, NFL players, NBA players, Olympic athletes, and of course thousands of happy kids…
Although it was 90 degrees in the shade, we danced and hooped on that lawn all day long, having the best time of our lives. But when the First Lady waved to us and gave us the thumbs up, well, wow.
Needless to say, we burned about 4 million calories throughout the day and slept extremely well that night, smiling from ear to ear. In fact, I’m still smiling a week later!