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Inaugural Balls Through The Years

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It's time for the Obamas to dust off their dancin' shoes. After Monday's presidential inauguration in Washington, the commander-in-chief and his first lady will have two inaugural balls to attend.

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Each event is set to feature performances from some of the top musical acts in the business (no doubt performing a few tunes from Obama's official Spotify playlist). What most of us will be waiting for, however, is the moment Barack and Michelle step onto the dance floor. If celebrations past are any indication, the president will wear his finest tux and the first lady will get decked out in a spectacular ball gown.

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The Obamas, 2009

First Lady Michelle Obama pulls up the train of her dress as she dances her first dance of inauguration night with President Barack Obama during the Neighborhood Inaugural Ball in Washington, January 20, 2009.

Michelle Obama's white embellished chiffon gown was designed by Jason Wu. Wu reportedly had no idea Michelle had picked his design until he saw her wearing the dress on television.

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The Bushes, 2001

U.S. President George W. Bush and his wife Laura dance at his first inaugural ball in Washington, January 20, 2001.

Texan Michael Faircloth designed Mrs. Bush's red crystal-embroidered gown and reportedly encouraged the first lady to embrace the bright color.

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The Clintons, 1993

President Bill Clinton and first lady Hillary Clinton dance at the Arkansas Ball on January 20, 1993.

Mrs. Clinton's violet lace gown was made by New York theatrical costumer Barbera Matera Ltd.

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The Bushes, 1989

President and Mrs. Bush dance during an inaugural ball at the Washington Convention Center on Friday, January 21, 1989.

Mrs. Bush's royal blue gown was designed by Arnold Scassi and featured a velvet bodice and an asymmetrically draped silk satin skirt

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The Reagans, 1981

President Ronald Reagan and his wife Nancy dance at an inaugural ball in Washington.

Nancy Reagan opted for a white beaded one-shouldered sheath by James Galanos and carried a purse by Judith Leiber.

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The Carters, 1977

President Jimmy Carter dances with his wife Rosalynn at one of the inaugural balls in Washington on January 20, 1977.

Mrs. Carter raised eyebrows when she opted to wear the same gold-trimmed blue chiffon gown that she wore to the ball when her husband became governor of Georgia. Designed by Mary Matise, the ensemble also consisted of a gold-embroidered sleeveless coat.

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The Johnsons, 1965

U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson and the first lady, Lady Bird, dance at an inaugural ball at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington on January 20, 1965.

Mrs. Johnson's yellow satin gown and sable-trimmed coat were designed by John Moore and reportedly chosen because she thought the style would age well.

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The Kennedys, 1961

Newly-elected President and Mrs. John F. Kennedy leave the White House in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 20, 1961, for a series of visits to inaugural balls.

For her debut, Mrs. Kennedy chose an off-white sleeveless silk chiffon gown, designed by Ethel Frankau of Bergdorf Custom Salon, along with a matching cape. The dress was designed with input from the first lady.

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The Eisenhowers, 1957

President Dwight Eisenhower and Mrs. Mamie Eisenhower wave to cheering crowds attending the inaugural ball at the Statler Hotel in Washington on January 21, 1957. With them is their son Maj. John Eisenhower and Mrs. Barbara Eisenhower.

Mamie Eisenhower wore a rhinestone-embroidered pink gown designed by Nettie Rosenstein with a rhinestone-and-pearl earring, necklace and bracelet ensemble by Trifari.

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