Fancy Dancer

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From the book The Aliens Have Landed at Our School!

The fanciest dancer that ever did dance
was Elmo Fernando Rodrigo McGants.
McGants did a dance that was twenty parts tango,
eleven parts polka and five parts fandango,
with thirty parts two-stepping jitterbug waltz,
a tap dance, a backflip, and four somersaults.
He spun like a top for a hundred rotations,
then swung and lambada’d with pelvic gyrations.
He rhumba’d, he mamboed, he boogiedboogie to dance energetically, especially to rock music. to disco,
he did the merengue from Boston to Frisco.
He limboedlimbo a dance from the West Indies, originally for men only, in which the dancer bends backward from the knees and moves with a shuffling step under a horizontal bar that is lowered after each successive pass. and cha-cha’d from China to France,
completing the world’s most intricate dance,
and all because someone put ants in the pants
of Elmo Fernando Rodrigo McGants.

 — Kenn Nesbitt

Copyright © 2001. All Rights Reserved.

Reading Level: Grade 8

Topics: Music Poems, Travel

Poetic Techniques: Alliteration, Hyperbole, Imagery, List Poems, Narrative Poems

 


From the Book The Aliens Have Landed at Our School!


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