Michelle Obama Wants You to Dance About a T. Rex to Lose Weight

A cast of a Tyrannosaurus rex discovered in the Smithsonian Museum / AP

A cast of a Tyrannosaurus rex discovered in the Smithsonian Museum / AP

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First Lady Michelle Obama’s anti-obesity campaign “Let’s Move” is encouraging kids to dance for the arrival of a dinosaur’s bones at the Smithsonian to achieve an active lifestyle.

The Let’s Move blog explained on Wednesday:

Yesterday, an exciting new addition to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History arrived: a 66.5 million year old Tyrannosaurus rex.

In honor of the T. rex’s arrival, the Smithsonian is encouraging people to get up and dance. They’ve teamed up with Alaskan artist and musician Ray Troll and his band, The Ratfish Wranglers, to create “National Rex,” an original song celebrating the dinosaur’s arrival and they want you to send in a 30 second video dancing to your own original “Rex Two-Step.”

“Here at Let’s Move!, we’re all for getting active, and dancing is a great way to add activity to your daily routine,” the campaign said.  “So why not grab a camera and show the T. rex how you move?”

“Whether your dance involves classical steps or a modern flare, as long as you’re moving and having fun, you could be featured on Twitter or Facebook!” they said.

“On April 15, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History is welcoming the newest member of our family…a T. rex!” the Smithsonian said.  “We are so excited we want to sing and dance!”

The lyrics to the song are as follows:

Yo, hey listen’ up ya’ll

Got a party going on, on the National Mall

From excavation on location

One cool Rex going on vacation

Dig it, ya’ll come on

Dance and sing cause we got it going on

Dr. J and his posse in effect

Pay your respects to the national Rex

The Smithsonian is getting ready to crown

The king of dinosaurs and he’s coming to town

Oh yeah, pay respects

One cool Rex has joined the nation

One problem with the first lady encouraging kids to enter the competition: contestants must be “18 years of age or older.”