She can even double dutch! Michelle Obama shows off impressive skip rope skills – and STILL manages to look glamorous
14:16 GMT, 20 June 2012
Her husband is the President but Michelle Obama is no doubt a mover and shaker in her own right.
The First Lady showed off her impressive double dutch jump rope skills on ABC's Live! With Kelly on Monday morning.
During a skipping performance by the Cary Family YMCA SuperSkippers, a competitive group of teenage jump ropers, Mrs Obama surprised the team by coming out on stage as an anonymous 'expert double dutcher'.
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Talented: Michelle Obama showed off her skipping skills on ABC's Live! With Kelly program this morning. She appeared on the show as a surprise guest, much to the delight of the Cary Family YMCA SuperSkippers, above
Host Kelly Ripa had originally asked the team to teach her how to double dutch, which involves two long jump ropes being turned simultaneously as one or more players skip over them.
She told the team, who are able to perform handstands and flips as they double dutch, that there was also an expert 'in the building… let's bring her out now'.
As the audience squealed in delight, Mrs Obama walked over and hugged each of the team members, who were each visibly stunned and delighted by her arrival.
Dresses in a pair of high-waisted blue pants, a print shirt and green cardigan, she told them: 'You're pretty amazing'.
Giving it a go: The First Lady failed to find her feet in her first attempt, asking the boys to turn the rope faster
Airborne: Once she adapted to the speed, the First Lady jumped about, even performing a 360-degree turn
Success: She received a round of applause from the team of competitive teenagers – and the crowd
She added: 'I can't do that, let's just start right there.
'Turning is just as important as jumping, right' she asked the team, who nodded, still obviously stunned by her arrival.
'I can turn, but not like that,' she said.
Once Ms Ripa had her go, it was the First Lady's turn, who said 'I'm ready, be still my beating heart'.
After one attempt which saw her fail to coordinate her feet – 'turn a little faster,' she told the boys – she successfully jumped into the rope's turning rhythm the second time around.
Kicking her feet back and forth in order to avoid the rope, she turned 360-degrees seemingly with ease.
Her performance drew a round of applause from the team as well as the audience.
Glee: After she had performed the double dutch, the First Lady told Kelly Ripa, the show's host, 'I need a nap'
Ms Ripa asked them: 'That was amazing, did I look as dignified'
Mrs Obama responded: 'I need a nap'.
She appeared in a further segment on the show that featured Iron Chef star Marc Forgioni, who cooked a meal using a 'basket of vegetables' from the White House garden.
Titled the White House Kitchen Garden Crostini which blended lavender-crusted goat's cheese, balsamic-black pepper reduction and sauteed onions.
'This is really good,' she told Mr Forgioni.
Mrs Obama, who has released her own cook book titled American Grown: The Story Of The White House Garden And Gardens Across America, said: 'The point is that's what vegetables should be and if kids grow up tasting that… parents all you need is a reduction!'