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Sesame Street
Plot Big Bird and Elmo develop a new dance (season premiere)
Air date January 3, 2000
Season Season 31 (2000)
Sponsors T, 5
Syndication 123 Sesame Street, PBS Sprout
Releases

3851

Picture Segment Description
3851a
COLD OPEN
Zoe interrupts the opening theme sequence to point out the ballerinas in one shot (since she is one herself), and announces that there will be a lot of dancing today on Sesame Street. She leaps out of shot, and the sequence resumes.
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SCENE 1
Everyone on Sesame Street appears to be in a dancing mood. Big Bird welcomes the viewer to Sesame Street, and he and Zoe reveal that there's going to be a dance party later today.
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3851e
SCENE 1
cont'd
Elmo says he'll be doing a super-special, one-of-a-kind dance at the party, but he doesn't know what kind of dance to do yet. Zoe displays some of her ballet moves, which leads to a sequence of the New York City Ballet doing the same kind of dance.
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SCENE 1
cont'd
Elmo has fun dancing like Zoe, but he'd rather do his own kind of dance at the party. Big Bird offers to help find a new dance for Elmo to do, and they venture off in search of one.
3976i
Cartoon
Kids and animals alternate in passing letters over themselves, in an alphabet song.
Artist: Karen Aqua
(EKA: Episode 3740)
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SCENE 2
Big Bird and Elmo pass Gina practicing a hip-hop dance with some kids (including Tyler), then notice Miles and Gabi playing basketball. Elmo doesn't think it could be a form of dancing at first, but his imagination results in another ballet sequence.
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SCENE 2
cont'd
Elmo thinks he's found a new jump-dance to do at the party, but becomes discouraged when he finds out that Miles and Gabi are already doing the kind of dance he had in mind. He and Big Bird continue their quest for the perfect dance.
3136m
Song
"Jump"
(First: Episode 3136)
3786s
Cartoon
A chorus of 5s come out of a 5 painting.
(EKA: Episode 3300)
3958x
Film
Two girls count to 5 as they clap.
(EKA: Episode 3007)
3978e
Cartoon
Five waltzing chairs.
(EKA: Episode 3036)
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SCENE 3
Bob and Linda practice swing-dancing, while Elmo and Big Bird look for inspiration. Meanwhile, Telly shares his cookie with Rosita, which makes her so happy she wants to hug him and not let go. Elmo notices them, and imagines another kind of dance, which looks like hugging ... the tango, to be exact.
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SCENE 3
cont'd
Big Bird and Elmo practice the tango, but Elmo soon accidentally gives Telly and Rosita the idea to do that at the party.
3959o
Cartoon
Spinning T (to the tango beat).
(EKA: Episode 2933)
4121am
Film
Kids dance with the letter T, which is for triangle.
(EKA: Episode 3507)
ElmoKidsPattiSing

Celeb.nathanlane
Muppets / Celebrity
The stars join together for a celebrity version of "Sing", including Patti LaBelle, Nathan Lane, Katie Couric, Ben Stiller, Garth Brooks, R.E.M., Maya Angelou, Fran Drescher, Conan O'Brien, Noah Wyle, Rosemary Clooney, Doug E. Doug, Vanessa Williams and Trisha Yearwood.
3957zh
Cartoon
A dog, a girl and a lizard dance to a bongo beat.
Artist: Karen Aqua
(EKA: Episode 2795)
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SCENE 4
Susan and Gordon practice their dance, while Elmo and Big Bird still search for theirs. They notice the Three Bears going for a walk while their porridge cools, which sparks Elmo's imagination again ...
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SCENE 4
cont'd
Elmo thinks it'll be a great dance to do at the party, but Baby Bear warns him that Goldilocks will invade his house if he does it - it's happened to the Bear family multiple times. Elmo must keep searching ... (YouTube)
Song.Walk
Song
"Walk!"
NoodlesNedd.Dance
Cartoon
Noodles & Nedd
Nedd shows Noodles how to do a particular dance.
Artist: John R. Dilworth
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SCENE 5
Tarah finishes watering Stinky, when a sad Elmo and Big Bird approach them. Elmo still can't find an original dance to do. Neither can Stinky - he's a plant, and plants don't dance. Tarah, however, shows them the kind of dancing she can do in her wheelchair. It's mostly stretching, but that can also be a dance ...
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SCENE 5
cont'd
Tarah agrees to teach Stinky to dance in such a way, and Big Bird invites Elmo to his nest, to show him his own dance.
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Film
Kids rehearse a large group African dance in the park, get their faces painted, and perform.
(EKA: Episode 3144)
3977q
Muppets

Grover and Rosita explain the concept of "love" in 15 seconds. Grover exasperates about the assignment, but Rosita intervenes just in time.
(EKA: Episode 3688)

Hornsection
Animation
A quartet of horns arranges themselves in the proper order to play Beethoven's "Ode to Joy."
(EKA: Episode 3769)
Dogs.baseball
Film
Wegman's dogs get their exercise by playing baseball.
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SCENE 6
Big Bird puts on his rollerskates, and shows Elmo his turning dance. The ballet dancers do the same, but without skates.
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SCENE 6
cont'd
Big Bird gives Elmo the idea to move in whatever way makes him happy.
T.Tired
Film
T is for turning and tired. (Maria voiceover)
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Cartoon
Gordon's Voiceover 'T/t': Two caterpillars form T and t.
(EKA: Episode 2269)
4090zd
Film
T on the beach
(EKA: Episode 3540)
FrontBackYaks
Cartoon
Ballet-dancing yaks show their fronts and backs.
(EKA: Episode 3056)
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SCENE 7
The party is on! Everyone in the arbor is dancing up a storm, and wonders when Elmo's showing up. Elmo appears, and impresses everyone with his one-of-a-kind, original dance!
Ewsing-count
Muppets
Elmo's World: Singing
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NYCCredit
SCENE 8
Everyone continues to dance. Oscar the Grouch announces the sponsors, and is upset to see everyone having fun, including Slimey. A credit sequence follows even though it's a Monday.

Notes

  • Emily Squires directed this episode.
  • This is the first time Zoe is seen wearing her tutu. She also wore it in Episode 3916 before it became her regular outfit in Season 33.


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