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Justice Sotomayor Dances With the Stars

The annual gala of the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts is known for drawing the stars -- but a D.C. luminary outshone the Hollywood kind Tuesday night. Justice Sonia Sotomayor would have been the belle of the ball even if she had never left her table, so the room exploded when actor Esai Morales pulled the Supreme Court's first Latino member onto the dance floor for an impressively confident salsa. (More story here; meanwhile you can see more video coverage of the Noche Musical gala at Washington Life's site.)

By The Reliable Source  |  September 16, 2009; 2:50 PM ET
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Esai Morales? Wow, there are more perks to being a supreme court justice than I thought! Way to go justice Sotomayor!

Posted by: sandnsmith | September 16, 2009 4:26 PM | Report abuse

She is the best!!

I thought she broke/sprained her ankle.

Posted by: WestbrookMaine | September 16, 2009 4:38 PM | Report abuse

She's no David Souter.

Posted by: dadada | September 16, 2009 5:44 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, Sonia. You go, girl!

Posted by: OliverKlozov | September 16, 2009 9:13 PM | Report abuse

She should be on Dancing with the Stars rather than Tom DeLiar.

Posted by: jgluke | September 16, 2009 9:51 PM | Report abuse

Love her! First a karaoke party after her swearing in, now a dance spectacle. Who knew?

Posted by: CharmCityMom | September 17, 2009 11:45 AM | Report abuse

She is a very attractive little cutesie, but I have some serious doubts about her as a supreme court justice. She has done nothing but party since she came to Washington. Right now she seems too frivolous and giddy to be able to make any kind of intelligent decision affecting our country. I'm worried.

Posted by: josemariahelp | September 18, 2009 9:03 PM | Report abuse

YOU GO GIRL!!! She is a real person not a robot. Justice Sotomayor is proud to be an American and the same time she cherishes her heritage like any other American would do. She never forgets who she is and where she came from. Dancing doesn’t take away her knowledge, skills, ability experience and intellect as a Supreme Court justice. Dancing is part of who we are as Hispanic. It’s in our blood. It doesn’t matter if you are a Supreme Justice Judge, Congressman, Senator, Governor, doctors, engineer or blood collar worker, we Hispanics won’t pass up the opportunity to dance to good Salsa and Merengue.

For people that think that dancing Salsa and Merengue is a violation of protocol for somebody in a high political appointment, you’ll be surprised the people and the places where this is played or danced. Last November I attended a Western Country charity event at the British Ambassador’s home in Saudi Arabia. Yes it was a Western Country party in Saudi Arabia. Everyone was dressed in jeans, cowboy boots and hats including the British ambassador. Besides British nationals and other countries dignitaries, there were also at the party Australians, Germans, Norwegians, Canadian, Italians, Arabs and of course Americans. The British DJ played Country music and few people were on the floor dancing to two steps, line dancing and western swings.

All of the sudden the DJs started playing Salsa and Merengue and the floor was packed with dancers, including the British ambassador and his spouse. They played Marc Anthony and Celia Cruz’s salsa and Juan Luis Guerra’s Merengue.

I grew up in Puerto Rico and with all modesty I can dance a mean Salsa and Merengue. When one of the British DJ saw me on the floor he invited me to the stage to dance with him; to my surprise he danced Salsa and Merengue as good as any fellow Puerto Rican/Hispanic. All along I’m thinking if only people in the States could see this; how cultures can easily blend and get together by just dancing. Who could think of this! Dancing Salsa and Merengue by people of different countries in Saudi Arabia at the British Ambassador’s home during a Country Western party. It still boggles my mind. BTW Australians and Germans are great Salsa and Merengue dancers too.

Posted by: VASA78 | September 19, 2009 4:47 AM | Report abuse

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