Sesame Street
Plot The Yak Ballet
Air date November 27, 1996
Season Season 28 (1996-1997)
Sponsors Y, 16
This episode guide has been compiled from incomplete video material.


Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 Big Bird observes Celina in the arbor doing some strange moves. He wonders what she's doing, when he realizes she's learning a new dance. Celina confirms she's learning the "Front/Back Yak Ballet," and points him toward...
Song "Front Back Ballet"
Artist: Jane Aaron
(First: Episode 3016)
SCENE 1 cont'd Big Bird wants to learn the dance too and Celina walks him through it. With enough practice, Big Bird has fully learned it, but he needs two more "yaks" to complete his troupe.
Animation Luxo Jr. displays its front and back, eventually getting exhausted.
(EKA: Episode 3279)

SCENE 2 Big Bird looks for a yak, using the cover of Yakkity Yak magazine for reference. He questions Buster the Horse and Jack the Chicken, but neither of them match the photo.
SCENE 2 cont'd Big Bird explains his quest to Maria and Luis, who point out there aren't any yaks on Sesame Street. They then suggest he find some pretend yaks.
Cartoon A yak discusses the letter "Y" on a stage, and is insulted when it is called a "Yakkity-yakkity-yak".
(EKA: Episode 0301)
SCENE 3 Big Bird finds Miles, Gabi and Lexine, who are very familiar with the dance and demonstrate it. Big Bird is impressed and hires them all, but realizes they all can't be yaks; there were only three yaks in the least, he thinks. They consult the segment again...
Cartoon Ballet-dancing yaks show their fronts and backs. (repeat)
Artist: Jane Aaron
SCENE 3 cont'd With the number confirmed, they see they have one "yak" too many. Big Bird opts out and watches them do the dance again instead, but he doesn't find it as fun.
Cartoon Bobby's dog narrates why Bobby is sad.
(EKA: Episode 3455)

SCENE 4 The kids are sad because they can't find a solution. It becomes worse when Maria, Luis, Celina, Gordon, Susan and others want to join, making 11 yaks. Susan tells him that their troupe can have as many yaks as they want and they all do the "Front/Back Yak Ballet" together. Celina announces the sponsors.
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Known missing segments

Picture Segment Description
Muppets "Sixteen Samba"
(EKA: Episode 2822)
Muppets Zoe demonstrates front and back using Wolfgang and a fish.
(EKA: Episode 3434)

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