Sesame Street
Big Bird takes ballet lessons
(repeat of 1405)
Air date February 19, 1982
Season Season 13 (1981-1982)
Directed by Jon Stone
Sponsors I, M, 11


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SCENE 1 Big Bird, Bob and David watch a ballet performance of Swan Lake on television. Big Bird is very impressed with the way the dancers almost seem like they're flying and is even more amazed that one can get paid to dance. Bob and David inform him that dancing such as that takes years of practice and mention that Marcus goes to ballet classes. Big Bird attempts some leaps and imagines being a great ballet dancer. He finds Marcus and accompanies him to class.
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SCENE 2 At the ballet studio, the teacher (played by Carmen de Lavallade) permits Big Bird to hang around for today's lesson, provide that he remain quiet and not overstrain himself. The dancers take their places and start practicing their foot positions. Big Bird, despite feeling cocksure about his dancing ability, steps on his toe in the process. "Ballet hurts...but I love it."
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Music: Vivaldi's Concerto for lute, 2 violins and continuo in D Major II - Largo
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SCENE 3 The teacher goes over some basic exercises with the class, as Big Bird counts along with her steps. He takes a big leap and crashes into the coat rack.
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SCENE 4 Big Bird still thinks he'll be able to perform "Swan Lake" by the end of the day. The teacher calls for them to practice the dances they learned in the last session, while Big Bird thinks he can just watch what they do and follow along. He falls behind quickly and ends up pirouetting much longer than everyone else.
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SCENE 5 Susan and David wonder how Big Bird's session went. They hear classical music coming from his nest and take a peek inside. Big Bird has his feet soaking in water, while conducting his phonograph for Marcus to dance to. Big Bird has resolved to become a conductor instead and let Marcus be the dancer, adding that he wouldn't even be able to swim for Swan Lake anyhow.

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