Sesame Street
Plot Big Bird takes ballet lessons
Air date March 28, 1980
Season Season 11 (1979-1980)
Sponsors C, E, 3
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Picture Segment Description
Insert Bob and Linda make up after having an argument.
Insert A boy looks for his lost car.
Muppets Four monsters sing "We Are All Monsters."
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 Deirdre goes to ballet classes. Big Bird attempts some leaps and imagines being a great ballet dancer. He finds Deirdre and accompanies her to class, remarking that he might jump higher than she can ("We birds spend a lot of time in the air...").
Cartoon A girl imagines herself as a car that rescues fire victims.
(EKA: Episode 0598)
Muppets Ernie & BertErnie gets Bert to participate in a rhyme game, but ends the game just as Bert is starting to enjoy it.
(First: Episode 0798)
Film A bulldozer moves dirt up a construction site.
(First: Episode 0799)
SCENE 2 At the ballet studio, the teacher (played by Carmen de Lavallade) permits Big Bird to hang around for today's lesson, provided that he remains quiet and does 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."
Muppets The town doctor ("Doc") comes to a saloon to meet Mean Manny and his gang, even though Manny is the toughest guy in town and plans to have a "shootin' party." Manny and his posse arrive on time and meet with Doc and his medicine...he gives them all measles shots.
(First: Episode 1166)
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.
Cartoon Thelma Thumb saves a sparrows nest.
SCENE 4 Big Bird still thinks he'll be able to perform "Swan Like" 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.
Muppets Ernie & BertBert finds it difficult to listen to Pigeons in the News while Ernie and the Sesame Street Citizens' Band are outside practicing. In yet another case of miscommunication between the two, since Bert doesn't like it when they practice outside, Ernie leads the band into the apartment so they can practice inside.
(First: Episode 0982)
Muppets The Two-Headed Monster learns to use manners while eating with a spoon.
(First: Episode 1340)
SCENE 5 Susan, Bob 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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