The dance of a lifetime

Who would have thought that three University of Northern Iowa students' dance moves would become an international phenomenon, let alone earn them an invitation to teach the first lady of the United States the dance? We're of course talking about the Interlude Dance, a dance composed of six moves to the song "Interlude" by the group Attack Attack!

It started in the residence halls and eventually made it's way to UNI athletic events, high school dances and YouTube. People from around the world, including Iowa troops in Afghanistan, a youth group in South Africa and a tribe of Maasai women from Tanzania, have experienced the upbeat moves and heart-pounding exhilaration that comes with doing the Interlude Dance.

Of all the people and places UNI's Interlude Dance has touched, an event hosted by Iowa's Healthiest State Initiative on Thursday, Feb. 9 at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, might have been the most exciting. UNI students Ian Goldsmith, Tyler Wright and Scott Connerley, creators of the dance, were invited to Wells Fargo to teach first lady Michelle Obama and 14,000 children how to do the Interlude Dance in celebration of the second anniversary of her "Let's Move" campaign.

Des Moines was the first stop on Obama's three-day, nation-wide tour celebrating the second anniversary of "Let's Move," her initiative to solve the problem of childhood obesity within a generation. She also highlighted Iowa's Healthiest State Initiative, a private-public partnership launched in August by Gov. Terry Branstad and other government and business leaders to make Iowa the healthiest state in the nation by 2016.

UNI students were joined by local and national celebrities, including UNI's very own TC and TK, in an effort to help kids embrace good health, nutrition and physical fitness.

"Let's Move" event coverage:

"There's a reason we wanted to come here to Iowa to be with all of you," said Obama. "And that's because I'm so proud of what you all are doing to make Iowa the healthiest state in this country by 2016. I'm proud that you're starting community gardens and eating your fruits and vegetables. I'm proud that you're walking to school instead of taking the bus. This is exactly what "Let's Move" is all about. We want every single state in this country to do exactly what Iowa is doing."

With more than 20,000 feet stomping to the Interlude beat, UNI's small role in making Iowa a healthier state continues one dance move at a time.

Check out the This is UNI photo gallery for more pictures of the "Let's Move" event.