TCS: Everybody Dance!

Good Morning!


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See how eagerly the lobsters and the turtles all advance!
They are waiting on the shingle – will you come and join the dance?
Will you, won’t you, will you, won’t you, will you join the dance?
Will you, won’t you, will you, won’t you, won’t you join the dance?

– from ‘The Mock Turtle’s Song’ in ‘Alice in Wonderland’ by Lewis Carroll



Humans dance. For a number of reasons, to all kinds of sounds, and in many forms.  But we aren’t the only ones.

Birds do it. Bees do it. Even fish who have no knees do it!


My favorites are the sea horses — such ‘Romantics’:


Dance in the Morning 

“The male and female seahorse come together repeatedly every morning to dance together” to reinforce their pair bond, says Amanda Vincent, a marine biologist at the University of British Columbia and founder of the conservation group Project Seahorse.

They change color as they move together, sometimes with tails entwined.

That tail, says George Burgess of the Florida Museum of Natural History, is prehensile, anchoring them to things like blades of sea grass with a grip Burgess compares to a baby grasping an adult’s finger.…


A whole planet of dancing fools.

Will you, won’t you, join the dance?


There’s way too much in our lives that isn’t fun or happy these days, so shake it up baby:


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Nona Blyth Cloud has lived and worked in the Los Angeles area for over 50 years, spending much of that time commuting on the 405 Freeway. After Hollywood failed to appreciate her genius for acting and directing, she began a second career managing non-profits, from which she has retired. Nona has now resumed writing whatever comes into her head, instead of reports and pleas for funding. She lives in a small house overrun by books with her wonderful husband.
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10 Responses to TCS: Everybody Dance!

  1. Marti Scott says:

    How wonderful!! Thank you so much!

  2. One of my favorite songs with dance in the title. It is an Irish tune, but done here by the Scottish folk duo, The Corries. Love the big bass bodhran played by Ronnie Browne.

    • wordcloud9 says:

      I couldn’t get my favorite version – from the The Christmas Revels, directed by John Langstaff, in the Sanders Theatre at Harvard University:- to embed here – it’s on Youtube under
      ‘The Christmas Revels – The Lord of the Dance’ (pick the 3:26 minute version)

  3. Malisha says:

    I never knew the name of this song but I have been humming it for about 60 years. I do the syncopation differently. I have no idea where I first heard it. I swear, I have been not only humming it subvocally but also typing is (on an air piano) with my fingers (proper fingering!) all this time.

  4. Malisha says:

    My son was part of this dance troupe for three years at UVA. He was mostly a drummer, though. I remember his first session, when they met each other and mingled and socialized and shared food. He brought his [then] puppy along for “show and tell.” He was also the carpenter to build the traveling stand for the big achimeiwu drums. He doesn’t appear in this video though; he was years earlier.
    In his teacher’s house there is a sign up: “If you can talk, you can sing; if you can walk, you can dance.”

    • wordcloud9 says:

      What a wonderful opportunity for him!

      • Malisha says:

        Yes and they use a different technique for solo dancers once the group is warmed up: the dancer faces the drummers and the DANCER calls the music with his dance. So instead of dancing TO the music he is calling it up by gesture. It’s like learning to lead when you have been taught to follow.

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