The Justice Is a More-Than-Fair Dancer
Sonia Sotomayor's ankle seems to have healed nicely.
The new Supreme Court justice, who spent the summer with her right leg in a cast, electrified the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts's "Noche Musicál" benefit on Tuesday when she took a spin around the dance floor with actor Esai Morales.
Even before their salsa, it was clear the court's first Latina outshone the Hollywood stars who usually dominate the gala. As she moved through the Corcoran in a sparkly black pantsuit and stilettos, the crowd moved with her. She was the emotional heart of every toast.
"We love you not only because you're Latino but because you're super super qualified!" hollered host Jimmy Smits. Then, midway through a set by Afro-Cuban bandleader/percussionist Bobby Sanabria, the dashing Morales beckoned Sotomayor to the front.
"We have three tempos for you: rare, medium and well done," said Sanabria.
"Medium," said the justice. And with that, they broke into a salsa.
We asked dance critic Sarah Kaufman to review the video on our Web site. Her take: "Who knew Her Honor was a ham? And can swing her hips? Having come out of her cast so recently, she acquits herself with style, with that cute pantsuit, spike heels and a midsection that says, 'Ask me to dance more often!' Once she warms up, she truly starts to swing. Of course, dancing with Esai Morales would put a kick in any girl's step. Talk about hips -- ow! Muy caliente!"
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