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Charles S. Clark

At a time of low morale in the shutdown and-pay freeze-weary federal workforce, it’s a nice contrast to behold some feds giving their Friday lunch hour over to the electric slide.

Several dozen State Department employees can be seen on many Fridays line-dancing their cares away at the Columbia Plaza food courtyard, which is just around the corner from State’s C Street Northwest main building.

Led by an instructor backed by recorded soul and R&B tunes, the badge-wearing movers and shakers of all ages, genders and body types appeared on this Friday to be entranced by the joy of motion.

“It’s for State Department people or anyone who joins in,” said one participant. “It really takes it out of you.” 

Charlie Clark joined Government Executive in the fall of 2009. He has been on staff at The Washington Post, Congressional Quarterly, National Journal, Time-Life Books, Tax Analysts, the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, and the National Center on Education and the Economy. He has written or edited online news, daily news stories, long features, wire copy, magazines, books and organizational media strategies.

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