President Obama Dances the Tango on Argentina Trip

March 24, 2016 Updated: March 24, 2016

President Obama showed off his dancing skills during his trip to Argentina.

The surprising dance followed the end of a candlelit state dinner hosted by President Mauricio Macri in the nation’s capital on March 23. 

Two dancers approached the president and First Lady Michelle Obama. The female dancer, Mora Godoy, invited Obama onto the floor. The president declined her invitation multiple times, but Godoy did not give in.  

The tango has given me unforgettable moments in my career.
— Mora Godoy, dancer

Ultimately, Obama was swaying on the dance floor with Godoy while hundreds in the audience watched. At first the president was a bit lost, but he soon caught on. When the music slowly stopped Obama and Gody were in lockstep with their arms high in the air.

The tango, is an elegant, slow-moving, sensual dance which comes from the nation’s capital, and is one of the most popular types of ballroom dance.

The First Lady also danced the tango. She took a shot at the traditional Argentine dance with another dancer the same time Obama danced with Godoy.

The female dancer expressed her excitement on Twitter after her dance with the president. She tweeted a picture of them both dancing and said, “The tango has given me unforgettable moments in my career.”

She also showed her admiration for Michelle Obama calling her an “incredible woman.”

Obama’s trip to the South American country is the first formal visit by a U.S. president in almost 20 years. It also coincides with the 40-year anniversary of the 1976 coup that led to a period of military rule in the country.

During his two-day stay in Argentina, President Obama also joined the national public holiday to pay tribute to the victims of the “Dirty War,” referring to the 1976 coup. The military dictatorship ruled the country until 1983.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.