The Official* Elephant Day Dances
Dance #1 - The Elephant Walk
AS YOU CAN SEE ... the Elephant Walk Dance is simple enough for anyone
to do. The right arm, arched alongside the head, is the trunk.
The left arm is the tail extended behind the body.
The feet, red for right and blue for left, are placed by swinging the body
in an arc and planting the foot in a clumping motion. Left follows right.
The third set of steps is like the second set. The first three sets are
made to the left, or counter-clockwise.
Then the motion is reversed, going to the right, or clockwise for three
steps, then repeated going to the left, or counter-clockwise.
Bending and bobbing from the waist so the trunk dangles and
swings about, adds wonderfully to the Elephantine illusion.
Repeat until music ends or exhaustion occurs. Best performed to
"Baby Elephant Walk" by Henri Mancini.
Dance #2 - The Tail-Up Elephant Parade
AS YOU CAN SEE ... the body positions are the same as for the
walk dance above in imitation of the elephant. The Parade Dance is
performed as a line dance of sorts; each 'trunk' is connected to the
'tail' of the elephant ahead just as they would be when the elephants
parade down a city street. Feet can be shuffled or clumped as the
dancers prefer but all should use the same type locomotion to avoid
looking like ill trained or poorly behaved elephants who don't
understand proper decorum.
The lead elephant goes where he wills and all the rest follow in a line
shaped to fit the path through any obstacles which might be about such
as school desks or people who are not part of the train.
The Parade Dance can be performed with or without music. One excellent
venue is for a large group celebrating Elephant Appreciation Day in a
restaurant or public house to do the Tail-Up Elephant Parade threading
its way among the tables of other diners. This will make the onlookers
have a greater appreciation for real elephants.