Sesame Street
Ruthie dances
Air date November 23, 1993
Season Season 25 (1993-1994)
Written by Josh Selig and Ian Ellis James
Sponsors C, R, 14
Syndication 123 Sesame Street
Releases Sesame Street Classics, HBO Kids


Picture Segment Description
COLD OPEN Big Bird is about to mention today's sponsors to the viewer, when Ruthie suddenly feels like dancing to the tango music they're overhearing from Celina's dance studio. She puts a rose in her mouth and dances with Big Bird while he mentions the sponsors. Ruthie sees there isn't much room in Finders Keepers to tango, so she and Big Bird dance their way up to Celina's studio.

SCENE 1 Ruthie and Big Bird enter the studio during the tango lesson Celina is giving.

When the music stops, Celina applauds them and says they can come by any time. She mentions all the other dance classes she teaches, and Ruthie appears to be proficient in all of them (even modern dance).
Song "Dancin' Shoes"
(First: Episode 2949)
Cartoon Leaves form R and r
(First: Episode 3110)
Animation R for robot, rabbit, run, read, rock, rocket.
(First: Episode 3088)
Waitergrover windy.JPG
Muppets Mr. Johnson has lunch at Charlie's Outdoor Al Fresco Fresh Air Cafe, where he's disappointed to find Grover waiting on him. The wind picks up, and blows his food away -- but when Grover gives him the bill, the wind dies down, and he has to pay.
(First: Episode 3105)
Film On a windy day, Maria (in voice-over) asks a man (Bill Irwin), "Does air move things?" The wind speaks for him.
(First: Episode 2876)
Cartoon A pencil tries to write the word DANCE.
Artist: Fred Garbers
(First: Episode 1966)


SCENE 2 Ruthie leaves to go back to work, while Big Bird joins Celina's dance class. She has them do a dance that displays emotion: first a sad dance, then an angry dance, and finally a happy dance. Big Bird also unknowingly makes up a dance of his own when he gets an itch on his back.
Cartoon "Island of Emotion"
Aritst: Sally Cruikshank
(First: Episode 2822)
Film Girls dance and chant about the number 14.
(First: Episode 3014)
Cartoon Abstract count to 14
(First: Episode 2811)
Muppets At night, Ernie sings "I Don't Want to Live on the Moon."
(First: Episode 1910)
Film Fay Ray moves clockwise and ticks, until an alarm sounds.
(First: Episode 2597)
cut from the Noggin version
Animation Cecille sings "Brushin' Down the Doggies."
(First: Episode 2862)

SCENE 3 Celina leads everyone in the "Name Game" dance, where each dance is named after each kid who dances in the middle of the circle.
Cartoon Two boys play cowboys and indians, when a boy tells them that Indians don't talk the way they do on TV. He knows this because he's an Indian himself.
(First: Episode 0771)
cut from the Noggin version
Doo Wop Hop.jpg
Muppets Kermit the Frog sings "Do-Op Hop".
(First: Episode 2071)
Cartoon Gerald's dog Sparky likes to pretend he's an alligator.
(First: Episode 1519)
Muppets Baby Tooth and the Fuzzy Funk perform "Get Your Body Busy", part 1.
(First: Episode 2994)
cut from the Noggin version
Song Lillian sings "Face Facts."
(First: Episode 2760)
Cartoon Jake the Snake demonstrates body parts.
(First: Episode 2486)
Muppets Elmo sings "In Your Imagination." (new overdubs added)
(First: Episode 3119)
Animation Luxo Sr. examines a box. Luxo Jr. pops out of the box, demonstrating "surprise."
(First: Episode 2851)
cut from the Noggin version
Muppets The Singing Dentists sing "Say Toothpaste, Somebody!"
(First: Episode 2705)
Animation "Toothpaste ... coming soon to a mouth near you!"
(First: Episode 2876)
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SCENE 4 Celina waits in the courtyard for Big Bird, who said he and the kids would serve her lunch "in a special way." Big Bird arrives, and announces "Celina's Healthy Lunch Ballet," in which each kid serves her a dish while dancing differently. Celina is about to eat, when Big Bird has them take the dishes away so they can perform the encore.
Song Kevin Clash sings "The Pasta Song."
1095m.jpg Cartoon C is for Canary
(First: Episode 0703)
Muppets Harvey Kneeslapper looks inside a paper bag and laughs and asks his next victim, "Wanna see?" The man says yes, so Harvey puts a letter C on him.
(First: Episode 0294)
cut from the HBO version
Film A ferry terminal switches from empty to full.
(First: Episode 2968)
cut from the Noggin version.
Muppets The Big Bad Wolf sings about himself and his family.
(First: Episode 3001)
Cartoon Jill walks up a hill to pick a daffodil.
Artist: Jim Jinkins
(First: Episode 2538)
cut from the Noggin version
Film "Simple Pleasures" by Bobby McFerrin is played over footage of a girl trying to play frisbee with a dog on the beach.
(First: Episode 2876)
cut from the HBO version
Muppets "Get Your Body Busy" part 2
(First: Episode 2994)
cut from the Noggin version
Animation Computer: forward / backward
(First: Episode 3077)
cut from the Noggin version

SCENE 5 Gordon enters Finders Keepers, and runs into Ruthie doing a dance she's just invented for Celina's class, "The Duck." Gordon thinks she looks silly, and she takes that as a compliment. Gordon needs a birthday present for Susan, and suddenly spots an attractive hat (formerly owned by Dorothy's Aunt Em). Ruthie says she'll let him have it for free as long as he does the duck dance with her. He reluctantly agrees, then finds the dance to be fun, even if it's a little silly.
Cartoon Five outlines of people dance.
Artist: Keith Haring
(First: Episode 3050)
Muppets / Celebrity Bert and Rick Moranis sit next to each other on a plane, and learn that they (and the rest of the passengers) are alike in more ways than they realized, singing the song "Stick Out Your Hand and Say Hello".
(First: Episode 2943)
cut from the HBO version
Film Ornate Rs fly through the sky to a song.
(First: Episode 2932)
Cartoon A wizard turns into R things.
(First: Episode 0369)
Muppets "Get Your Body Busy" part 3.
(First: Episode 2994)
cut from the Noggin version

SCENE 6 Susan loves the hat Gordon gives her, and asks him how much it cost. Gordon hesitates, then explains that he did a certain dance to get it for free. Susan finds this hard to believe, so Gordon shows her how to do "The Duck." Ruthie announces the sponsors while they waddle and quack away.

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