Turns Out Parrots Can Actually Shake Their Tail Feathers
What a week for dance and science, eh? A few days ago we told you about scientists using dancers to "bodystorm." Now there's this: While most previously thought that only humans had moves, scientists recently found evidence that no fewer than 15 species of animals can dance. And we're not talking about the elaborate but robotic courtship "dances" done by certain birds. This is moving to and with music, the way humans do.
The study was inspired by Snowball, the cockatoo who exploded the internets when he rocked out to the Backstreet Boys, clearly grooving with the beat. Neuroscientist Aniruddh D. Patel even conducted an experiment with Snowball to prove that he'd speed up or slow down his dancing to match various tempi. Then a second group of researchers canvassed YouTube, where they found the other movers and shakers of the animal kingdom.
So, full disclosure: 14 of the 15 dancing species are parrot varieties. (The outlier, interestingly, is an Asian elephant!) But we're going to use a little artistic license here and present a slideshow of adorable non-parrot animals "dancing." Because it's Monday, and everyone could use a little cheering up, and OH FER CUTE.
(From left) Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland (all photos by Erin Baiano)
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Isabella Boylston in "The Bright Stream" (Rosalie O'Connor, courtesy American Ballet Theatre)
Beloved by ballet fans for her lucid technique and onstage effervescence, by her Instagram followers for the deftly curated photos and videos she shares of her glamorous life, and by fangirl Jennifer Garner for all of the above, American Ballet Theatre principal Isabella Boylston is one of the rare ballet stars who's achieved mainstream fame. A native of Sun Valley, ID, Boylston trained at the Academy of Colorado Ballet and the Harid Conservatory before joining the ABT Studio Company in 2005. She entered the main company as an apprentice in 2006, and attained principal status in 2014. In addition to her successes with ABT, where she dances nearly every major ballerina role, Boylston has served as artistic director of the annual Ballet Sun Valley Festival, which brings high-level performances and classes to her hometown. And speaking of famous Jennifers: Boylston recently appeared as Jennifer Lawrence's dance double in the film Red Sparrow. Catch her onstage with ABT as Manon, Odette/Odile, and Princess Aurora during the company's Metropolitan Opera House season this summer in NYC. —Margaret Fuhrer