Reprinted from yesterday's late edition
While her parents watched in a hot auditorium, President Carter's 10-year-old daughter Amy danced like a Rockette Thursday night and tried a Spanish Flamenco as students at Stevens Elementary School put on an end-of-year assembly.
Amy, a fifth grader at the school, wore a pink leotard, net stockings and high-heeled black shoes, and joined 11 of her classmates in a kick-line that was less precise than the one at Radio City Hall but made up for that with enthusiam.
Earlier in the three-hour show, Amy put on a long black and white pleated skirt, a red blouse and black veil. As 10-year-old Eric Harley waved a red cape, another student, Melanie Holland, charged across the stage wearing a bull's head made out of paper for a mock bull fight.
Amy waved a fan and stomped her high heels as flamenco music boomed from the public address system.
"I thought Amy was great," said President Carter as he left the auditorium at Ellington School of the Arts (formely Western High School) in Georgetown. "I thought it was wonderful."
The assembly was held at Ellington, because Stevens, a 110-year-old building at 21st and K Streets NW, does not have its own auditorium.
In a similar show last year Amy wore a yellow ballerina's costume and waved to her father as she performed. This year she seemed considerably more grown-up.
"I think Amy is more developed and much more outgoing than she used to be," said Jane Harley, a counselor at Stevens who also is director of its extended-day program which provides before- and after-school activities including Spanish lessons and dancing.
When Amy entered Stevens in January 1977, after her father took office, she appeared quiet and shy.
"Now she's really blossomed," Harley said. "She dances well. She's not bashful at all."
Thursday night Amy took off her heavy framed glasses and replaced them with new contact lenses, Harley said, following the lead of her mother Rosalynn.
Amy's classmates at Stevens include children from Chile, Brazil, and Pakistan. Overall, the school has 251 students, 73 percent of them black, 17 percent white, and the remainder Hispanic and Asian.
About 200 Stevens children take part in the extended-day program, including Amy. It also serves about 75 youngsters at Powell Elementary School, 14th and Upshur Streets NW.
President and Mrs. Carter stayed for about two hours, smiling and clapping happily even when most of the audience of about 500 seemed uncomfortable in the heat.