Nine ladies dancing is a rather peculiar Christmas gift, unless we’re talking about a ticket to the Folies Bergère in Paris. Other than those crazy humans, it’s very rare to see ladies dancing at all in nature. Usually it’s up to the male of the species to dance.
Just look at the Birds of Paradise. (seriously, now I’m talking about birds by choice?) In order to attract a mate they not only put on an elaborate dance routine with thier extravagant costuming, but they set the stage before they start. They will clear a patch of ground, carefully removing any stray twigs or protruding branches, and only then start the dance of love… hoping to sweep somebody off their feet.
Here’s a video of the Superb Bird of Paradise found in the rainforest of New Guinea. It has a peculiar way of getting all up in her business in order to make her notice him. He folds up his plumage to make for an imposing collar, and bounces around making a rhythmic tapping with his tail. Competition for mates is tough, and a female bird will reject about 15 to 20 suitors before finding a man who can shake his tailfeather the right way.
I don’t know how we humans got things flipped around to where the ladies have to shoulder the burden of dancing, but from what I’ve seen, it’s for the best. I wouldn’t be caught dead in shiny turquoise.
- Source: Superb Bird of Paradise – Wikipedia