Rhythm and Dance in Nature

dancing cockatoo

cockatoos are natural dancers

I believe all humans are born with a sense of rhythm even though many manage to lose it along the way.  Some animals also respond to the beat in music, most notably cockatoos.  In this fascinating video, scientists teach a sea lion how to find the beat. Cockatoos do it naturally, (really!) as in this delightful example.  This is not a trained bird.  Cockatoos are natural dancers and this one is just grooving to the music.

but this sea lion experiment has interesting ramifications about teaching the skill of rhythm.  People with White Man’s Clapping Syndrome, take note!

post by LaurieAnn Lepoff

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One Response to Rhythm and Dance in Nature

  1. Rob says:

    I have seen LaurieAnn teach rhythm to someone I thought was surely completely beat deaf, so I know she is an excellent teacher. However I think she might meet her match in my cat, who cares not for music at all.

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