In episode 409, Statler and Waldorf complain that the opening numbers are too weird -- "what do you have tonight, a Chinese gorilla dancing ballet?" Embarrassed, Kermit cancels the opening number, infuriating the Chinese gorilla who was planning to dance ballet.
Philip Casson directed roughly half of the episodes of The Muppet Show (with Peter Harris); Casson began his career by training as a dancer, and performed as both a dancer and choreographer with Ballet Montmartre.
The 1998-2002 Sesame Street opening sequence included footage of Big Bird using a crosswalk, followed by girls in tutus. In Episode 3851, Zoe interrupts the opening, to point this footage out, mentioning that the episode focuses on dance.
In a 2000 episode, episode 3851, the Street scene focuses in on a dance party on Sesame Street. Zoe demonstrates her ballet moves for Elmo, and a sequence of the New York City Ballet is shown. When Elmo sees Miles and Gabi playing basketball, their movement leads to another sequence. A latter ballet sequence is sparked by seeing the Three Bears, a stretching dance done by Tarah and Stinky, and Big Bird's turning dance. The ballet segments were performed by Maria Kowroski, Aosha Ash, Eva Natanya, Albert Evans, Nikolaj Hübbe, Jock Soto, under the direction of Mary Perillo, with choreography by Sean Lavery.
Two additional segments with Jock Soto and Lourdes López appeared in 2001: in the first, the duo dance to demonstrate cooperation, with Elmo and Zoe;(EKA: Episode 3958) the other has them demonstrate up and down for Big Bird. (EKA: Episode 3959)
The Cube: The Man in the Cube is allowed by the manager to leave. The man sarcastically predicts that the moment he steps outside the door, "two gorillas grab me, dressed in ballet costumes, drag me back, throw me on the floor, and dance around me singing "Home Sweet Home!" Which is precisely what happens.
Before joining the Muppets, designer/builder Kermit Love's best known work was as costuming work for the Jerome Robbins ballet Fancy Free in 1946.