Sesame Street
Savion gives tap lessons
Air date April 23, 1991
Season Season 22 (1990-1991)
Written by Belinda Ward
Directed by Lisa Simon
Production January 7, 1991
Sponsors F, X, 17


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COLD OPEN Savion mentions that today, he’s giving a lot of people tap dancing lessons.

SCENE 1 Savion gives a lesson to Mike and Alex, who want to know how they can be just as good. Savion begins rapping about the importance of practice. Mike and Alex tap off to the library as Savion’s next student arrives – Linda, who brings Barkley.
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SCENE 2 Linda and Savion try to practice, but Barkley keeps getting in the way. She tells him Barkley wants to tap dance too. Savion imagines what a tap dancing dog would be like, envisioning Linda and Barkley performing an elegant dance routine. Back in reality, they both agree he would not make a good dancer. He tries to teach Barkley, but is instead pounced upon.
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SCENE 3 Big Bird does a dance for Savion and wishes that everyone tap danced all the time. Savion has him imagine the consequences – Gina would drop her tray of food and Mike would drop his tray of milk glasses. Big Bird sees how great it is everyone doesn’t dance all the time (“Why, we’d never get to eat lunch!”). He and Savion join Gina and Mike for food.
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SCENE 4 Shelly the Turtle (wearing tap shoes and a backwards cap) is ready to have a lesson. However, since he’s a turtle, he can’t dance as fast as Savion. He shows Shelly a slow dance they can do. They then realize they can each dance at their own pace.
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