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Sprightly 106-year-old volunteer breaks out in dance as she meets President Obama and Michelle

A 106-year-old charity volunteer fulfilled her lifelong dream of being welcomed into the White House and meeting the USA's first black president when the Obamas invited her to visit the Oval Office.

Virginia McLaurin was so excited she broke out into dance as she greeted the President and First Lady.

Born in 1909, Virginia has lived through two World Wars, the end of racial segregation, the death of Martin Luther King and 18 different presidents - but said she had never believed she would live long enough to get invited to the White House.

She was invited as part of America's Black History Month celebrations.

A video shared by White House staff showed her shriek with delight and rush over to greet Barack Obama, before being introduced to Michelle.

"I thought I would never live to get in the White House," she said. "And I tell you - I am so happy. A black president."

'Just keep movin',' she said, when asked how she continued dancing at the age of 106 Credit: Facebook/White House

She also shared her top tip for keeping her youthful spirit.

"What's the secret to still dancing at 106?" the President asked her as she gripped his and Michelle's hands.

"Just keep movin'," she replied.

Washington DC resident Virginia, who turns 107 in March, has won awards for her work within the community, spending around 40 hours a week helping students with physical and mental health disabilities - and even walking between her home and the school where she works every day.

Her bid to meet the Obamas began more than a year ago, when she launched a YouTube video and a Facebook page, as well as an official White House petition.

Her petition read:

Dear President Obama,

My name is Virginia McLaurin, I live in Washington DC. I was born in 1909. I’ve never met a President. I didnt think I would live to see a Colored President because I was born in the South and didn't think it would happen. I am so happy and I would love to meet you and your family if I could.

I remember the times before President Hoover.I remember when we didn't have any electricity. I had a kerosene lamp. I remember the first car model Ford. My husband was in the Army. I lost my husband in 1941. I've been in DC ever since. I was living here when Martin Luther King was killed.

I know you are a busy man, but I wish I could meet you. I would love to meet you. I could come to your house to make things easier. I pray to the Lord that I would be able to meet you one day.

– Virginia McLaurin