Elizabeth Barrette (ysabetwordsmith) wrote,
Elizabeth Barrette
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Snowball the Dancing Cockatoo

Check out this bird's dance moves.  Some of these are normal bird moves done in time to music -- the head bobbing and swaying are used in food-begging and courtship.  But other motions are unique, particularly those that involve two or more body parts at the same time.  I think this is the most complex animal dancing that I've seen.  It's very impressive.  I imagine female cockatoos are thinking, "I'd tap that."

However, it's not confined to birds and not even all that rare.  Birds do have an advantage because they sing, but some domestic animals have been around humans long enough to pick up the interest.  Dogs and horses in particular sometimes move to music for their own enjoyment, without being trained.  In fact one of the best ways to spot a good candidate for dance training is when you see one dancing around on their own.  In particular, watch to see if they're following the beat or otherwise matching their moves to changes in the sound -- that means they're paying pretty close attention to it.  Some humans will decide to train an animal to dance and then go look for a promising partner.  Some equestrian events such as dressage are commonly performed in an arena to music, and a horse with an instinct for dancing has a tremendous edge in this competitive field.  But a lot of times, an owner notices their animal doing a few moves and just decides to encourage that, whether with actual training or simply presenting different types of music for fun.
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