Sesame Street
Ruthie wants to join the Dance Theatre of Harlem
Air date February 3, 1995
Season Season 26 (1994-1995)
Written by Nancy Sans
Directed by Lisa Simon
Sponsors D, H, 14

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Picture Segment Description
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SCENE 1 Ruthie practices some dance moves, which Elmo and Zoe find silly. Ruthie tells them it's not meant to be silly; she's practicing to join the Dance Theatre of Harlem. Arthur Mitchell, founder of the dance company, arrives to see her skills. Ruthie takes a giant leap, but falls flat on the ground. He recommends more practice.
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Cartoon A pencil tries to write the word DANCE.
(First: Episode 1966)
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Muppets Ernie sings "Imagine That" about things that he sometimes imagines to be: first a knight in shining armor who battles a dragon, then a sailor, and finally, himself.
(First: Episode 2142)
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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)
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Muppets The Dance Theatre of Harlem Presents: Bird Lake (First Movement)
Big Bird counts 3 "birds," including himself.
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Cartoon A mouse sings "Felines," a song about emotions, to the tune of "Feelings."
(First: Episode 3278)
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SCENE 2 Arthur witnesses some more of Ruthie's moves and suggests she practice even more.
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Film A girl learns how to rollerblade.
(First: Episode 3270)
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Animation Gregorian H/h chant
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Film Planting Letters: H
(First: Episode 3016)
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Film The floating kids form H.
(First: Episode 3118)
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Film Joe Raposo sings "Dressed Up."
(First: Episode 0302)
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Muppets The Dance Theatre of Harlem Presents: Bird Lake (Second Movement)
Big Bird counts 4 "birds," including himself.
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Cartoon Counting to 10
Artist: Keith Haring
(First: Episode 3042)
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SCENE 3 Ruthie practices a spin, making herself dizzy. "More practice!"
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Song "The First Time" - Children try various activities (riding tricycles, tying shoes, etc.) and progressively improve.
(First: Episode 2950)
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Animation Abstract count to 14.
(First: Episode 2811)
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Film Girls dance and chant about the number 14.
(First: Episode 3014)
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Cartoon "Fourteen Desert"
Artist: Joey Ahlbum
(First: Episode 3267)
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Film Various situations of before and after, to a hip-hop beat.
(First: Episode 3201)
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Muppets The Dance Theatre of Harlem Presents: Bird Lake (Third Movement)
Big Bird counts 5 "birds," including himself and Tarah.
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Cartoon The Great Inventors Series: Willy Pinkham, intern at the rubber glove factory, invents the balloon.
Artist: Bruce Cayard
(First: Episode 2579)
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Song "Big D and Little D"
(First: Episode 3270)
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Film Alphaquest: D
(First: Episode 2723)
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Animation D / d (space paint)
(First: Episode 3213)
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SCENE 4 Ruthie's practicing has improved, and Arthur invites her up to the theatre to teach his dancers how to practice as well as her. Ruthie is honored, but learns she's just there for the practice; her dancing still needs...practice.
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Cartoon A face is assembled and becomes an abstract portrait.
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Song Lillian sings "Face Facts."
(First: Episode 2760)
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Muppets Mr. Johnson goes to the local gym, where Grover is one of the instructors. He is about to help Mr. Johnson work out, but keeps leaving to get his towel, whistle, barbell, and radio. Once he is planned to work out, Grover is too tired to do anything else.
(First: Episode 3262)
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Film Fay Ray dresses up as a "green elephant," a moose, and "Kermit the dog."
(EKA: Episode 2864)
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Muppets The Dance Theatre of Harlem Presents: Bird Lake (Fourth Movement)
Big Bird counts 6 "birds," including himself, Tarah and Snuffy.
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Cartoon Edgar Turtle's three nephews show him how a round is sung.
(First: Episode 2506)
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SCENE 5 Arthur tells Ruthie she can participate with the Dance Theatre of Harlem and has the perfect ballet for her. Ruthie feels very proud.
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Cartoon Lillian is proud because she climbed a mountain all by herself.
Artist: Craig Bartlett
(First: Episode 2749)
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Film H for Hat - kids try on different hats as camera shutters go off.
(First: Episode 3292)
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Cartoon Falling leaves form H and h.
(First: Episode 3118)
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Song "Happy Happiness," against footage of kids playing at a beach.
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Muppets The Dance Theatre of Harlem Presents: Bird Lake (Fifth Movement)
Big Bird counts "a whole flock of birds," including himself, Tarah, Snuffy, Ruthie and some Birdketeers.
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Cartoon Jerry Nelson sings "Moonshine."
(First: Episode 2775)
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SCENE 6 Ruthie reads Elmo and Zoe an old African story titled "A Home in the Sky." In the story, everyone and everything (including the moon, sun and ocean) lived in the same part of the world. The Sun and Moon build their own house and invite everyone for a house-warming party, only the water doesn't come. They invite him in, but he floods the house, forcing the sun and moon to move higher and higher until they reach the sky, a perfect new place to live. Ruthie tells the monsters that the story can also be told through dance and takes them to see.
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Muppets "African Alphabet Song"
(First: Episode 2360)
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Cartoon Anansi the Spider tells the story of how the sun and the moon came to live in the sky.
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SCENE 7 Ruthie, Elmo and Zoe (and other residents from the street) gather at the Dance Theatre of Harlem for a special performance of "A Home in the Sky." The ballet dancers interpret the story, as Elmo and Zoe narrate.
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SCENE 7 cont'd The crowd applauds and Ruthie announces the sponsors.

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