Dancing Baby

April 15, 2010 By: erik Category: Dancing, Offspring, Videos 204 views

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Dancing NoraWithin the past week or so, we have noticed a new behavior in Nora. Whenever she hears music, from classical to bagpipes to hip-hop to rock, she raises her arms in the air and moves her body around. She’s dancing! At first I was skeptical, because A) no one taught her this, and B) she moves around weird like that sometimes when there’s no music. But after running a week of tests with various stimuli, I’m convinced that she really is responding to the rhythm of the music. It also helps that when she’s doing her best to remain standing up, because her balancing muscles are not yet up to the task, her hips and torso sway around like she’s a drunken Elvis. I know that dancing can be found in every human culture, but I wasn’t expecting it to be quite this…innate.

Turn up your speakers before pressing play. And feel free to dance along with her.

On the other hand, I was spinning her mother around the dance floor up to five days before Nora was born, so perhaps she got some in utero rhythm.

  • I can’t get over how cute that video is! She has some good moves.

  • The use of one finger to accentuate the beat is very cool. When I first saw Nora in May of 2009 she was already kicking pretty high and I predicted at that time that she’d be a great dancer, although I think I suggested ballet. Who knows . . .

    • We’re friends (ex-clients) with the local dance school. They do excellent work with little kids. We’ve seen some of their “choreographed” performances. A few lessons are definitely on Nora’s todo list.

  • amy

    awesome! you should send it in to Ellen DeGeneres’ show…they dance every day and show things folks send in!

    • I generally try to refrain from uploading my personal content to sites that make me agree that “By submitting Materials, you agree producer may, but is not obligated to, use the Materials in connection with the show, in any way, in any medium, worldwide, in perpetuity.” But in this case I’ve made an exception and uploaded a copy of this video to Ellen. Keep your eyes peeled!

  • amy

    very cool! let me know if you hear anything