Swans dancing in slow motion, video


After the video about swans dancing in fast motion, this video from Britain says about itself:

[Mute] Swans Dancing Rotation Display – Filmed in Slow Motion at Tehidy Swan Lake

Filmed on May 11th 2016

Video Produced by Paul Dinning – Wildlife in Cornwall

Mute swans dance in fast motion, video


This video from Britain says about itself:

11 May 2016

Amazing Mute Swans Dancing – The swans are actually performing a Rotation Display. Rotation displays are a non-violent territorial display. The video has been sped up to best show off the dance.

Filmed on May 11th 2016

Video Produced by Paul Dinning – Wildlife in Cornwall

Manakin mating season in Panama


This video from Panama says about itself:

Morning Courtship Session, May 4, 2016

The Lance-tailed Manakin Cam is a collaboration between Florida State University researcher Dr. Emily DuVal and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology‘s Bird Cams project.

Learn more about manakins and watch live here.

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology in the USA writes about this:

This year we’ve been working behind-the-scenes with collaborators from Florida State University to bring you a view of a phenomenon that can be difficult to see: the dance of the Lance-tailed Manakin. Dr. Emily DuVal and her group have been studying a population of manakins in Panama for many years, chipping away at the mysteries behind the interesting social structure of Lance-tailed Manakins.

Thanks to her hard work, we’ve been able to get a “beta” cam system up and running this year as a proof-of-concept that we hope to improve upon for next season. The cam shows a single display perch that is used by a pair of male manakins to court females. The dances themselves are a low-frequency event, with only a handful to a dozen happening within any given day; however, they are complex and beautiful, with the males vocalizing and dancing in a highly coordinated way. The background audio often contains howler monkeys, cicadas, and the vocalizations of other birds, and is a beautiful backdrop to any scene.

Adders’ mating season dance, video


This video shows male adders ‘dancing’ during the mating season.

The snake able to continue dancing for the longest time will mate with the female.

Tonny Groenhof-de Jager from the Netherlands made this 2 May 2016 video.

Students dance like bees, video


This video from the USA says about itself:

Entomology Students Do the Waggle Dance

17 October 2015

During the 2012 Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of America, graduate student Sheena Sidhu asked other students to do the waggle dance, a series of movements done by honey bees to show other bees the location of a good food source.

Caffeine Makes Bees More Likely to Do the Waggle Dance: here.

All the foods we’d miss out on without bees.

Bahamas dolphin brings back drowned cellphone to dancer


This video says about itself:

Flipping Incredible! Moment [common bottlenose] Dolphin Retrieves Mobile Phone – Helpful Dolphin Retrieves Woman’s Phone

28 September 2015

The only thing worse than dropping your phone is dropping your phone into the goddamn ocean, where it’s guaranteed to disappear forever — unless there’s a helpful dolphin around to retrieve it for you.

That’s what happened to Miami Heat cheerleader Teressa Cee when she went swimming with dolphins near Blue Lagoon Island in the Bahamas, and a helpful cetacean named Cacique lent her a flipper.

Cacique is a trained animal cared for by Dolphin Encounters, who was rewarded for his good deed with a selfie with Cee and her fellow dancers.

Cee’s video of the phone rescue has been watched more than 1.5 million times on Facebook.

See also here.

Dancing is illegal in Japan


This video says about itself:

Real Scenes: Tokyo

10 February 2014

Read more about this film here.

For our latest Real Scenes films, we journey to the Japanese capital to meet the DJs, promoters, campaigners and producers who have been affected by the Fueiho. We hear how a rapidly aging population and the negative public perception of nightclubs have meant that fighting for reform is just part of the problem.

Despite these extraordinary challenges, Tokyo is home to passionate, dedicated dance music community, who have responded with campaign groups like Let’s DANCE, and the establishment of small, underground music spaces. There is a collective understanding that if they want to affect change it will have to come from within.

From The Newsletter, #70, spring 2015, of the International Institute for Asian Studies:

The politics of dancing in Japan

Dancing is illegal in Japan. That does not mean it doesn’t happen, and indeed nightclubs regularly stay open into the early hours. However, since 2010 police have begun reanimating Japan’s old fueiho cabaret law, dubiously used to crackdown on nightclubs.

This has been a disaster for Japan’s vibrant underground music scene, an affront to freedom of expression, and evidence of a growing authoritarianism by elites who rely on vague legal and institutional practices.

With a push back from Japan’s civil society in the form of the Let’s Dance Campaign, and a simultaneous alignment between domestic and international elites worried about the upcoming 2020 Tokyo Olympics, things may be beginning to change. This article explores the structures of power underlying this issue and speculates on the degree to which recent developments may be cause for alarm or cheer.

Read full article here.