Sesame Street
Plot Ruthie wants to join the Dance Theatre of Harlem
repeat of 3320
Air date March 7, 1997
Season Season 28 (1996-1997)
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.
3150p
Song "The First Time" - Children try various activities (riding tricycles, tying shoes, etc.) and progressively improve.
(First: Episode 2950)
AnimalFootsteps
Cartoon An elephant, a zebra, a hedgehog, an ostrich, a frog and a ladybug create a rhythm with their footsteps.
Artist: Karen Aqua
(First: Episode 2794)
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3birds
Muppets The Dance Theatre of Harlem Presents: Bird Lake (First Movement)
Big Bird counts 3 "birds," including himself.
(First: Episode 3320)
3978j
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.
Film.Girlrollerblades
Film A girl learns how to rollerblade.
(First: Episode 3270)
4birds
Muppets The Dance Theatre of Harlem Presents: Bird Lake (Second Movement)
Big Bird counts 4 "birds," including himself.
(First: Episode 3320)
EyeDoctor
Film Caitlin gets her eyes examined, and picks out a pair of glasses.
(First: Episode 2948)
Countto10.KHaring
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!"
Toon-cancan
Cartoon D for Dance: Ladies on stage dance a can-can to the tune of "The Infernal Gallop" from Jacques Offenbach's Orpheus in the Underworld, the lyrics of which are all the letter D.
(First: Episode 3499)
Safari.D
Film Kid jungle explorers sight a wild letter D.
(First: Episode 3499)
D.Spacepaint
Animation D / d (space paint)
(First: Episode 3213)
5birds
Muppets The Dance Theatre of Harlem Presents: Bird Lake (Third Movement)
Big Bird counts 5 "birds," including himself and Tarah.
(First: Episode 3320)
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Film Kids rehearse a large group African dance in the park, get their faces painted, and perform.
(First: Episode 3079)
Dingy
Song "Big D and Little D"
(First: Episode 3270)
DionYou!
Muppets Harvey Kneeslapper tells a knock-knock joke which results in a "D" on his opponent's chest.
(EKA: Episode 0892)
1706c
Animation Sand D/d
(EKA: Episode 0892)
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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.
HumanBodyArrows
Animation Arrows give a presentation of the human body.
(First: Episode 2839)
Song.elbows
Muppets Kermit sings "I Love My Elbows."
(EKA: Episode 2614)
Masked March 14
Animation Parade of Numbers #14
(First: Episode 3379)
Girls14
Film Girls dance and chant about the number 14.
(First: Episode 3014)
NumberCreatures14
Cartoon Number creatures #14
(EKA: Episode 2757)
Character.bats Muppets The Count sings "The Batty Bat."
(First: Episode 2096)
Film.Flamingos
Film Flamingos walk around to classical music. (new child voiceovers added)
(EKA: Episode 2616)
6birds
Muppets The Dance Theatre of Harlem Presents: Bird Lake (Fourth Movement)
Big Bird counts 6 "birds," including himself, Tarah and Snuffy.
(First: Episode 3320)
3957zh1
Film Wegman dogs: The Ten O'Clock Scholar
(First: Episode 3529)
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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.
1736f
Cartoon A baby climbs up the stairs all by himself.
(EKA: Episode 1736)
4115w
Film A variety of H's are grown in a garden.
(First: Episode 3016)
SpaceshipH
Muppets Spaceship Surprise: The Next Generation
The crew lands on Planet H. They are greeted by Hopalong Hamster, and see Happy Harry the Hopping Haystack and hula dancing hens.
(First: Episode 3195)
Hairtoon
Cartoon H for hair
(EKA: Episode 1449)
2096d
Song Joe Raposo sings "Dressed Up."
(EKA: Episode 0355)
Flockofbirds
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.
(First: Episode 3320)
Cacti.Hereweare
Cartoon Two cartoon cacti sing "Here We Are."
(First: Episode 3153)
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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.
Ladysmithblackmambazo
Muppets "African Alphabet Song"
(EKA: Episode 2404)
Sunmoon
Cartoon Anansi the spider tells the story of how the sun and the moon came to live in the sky.
(First: Episode 3320)
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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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