Tiny Tunes

Giraffes Can't Dance

Giraffes Can’t Dance is available with Audio Description provided by MindsEye. 

Giraffes can’t dance…yet. Learn and grow with Gerald the Giraffe as he overcomes adversity, discovers his talents, and finds music that inspires him to dance. Beloved music from Camille Saint-Saëns’ Carnival of the Animals brings the story of Giraffes Can’t Dance to life as students make music along with the SLSO. 

Grab a scarf, ribbon, or piece of fabric so that you can play along with Giraffe Can’t Dance.

Learning Objectives
Students will...

  • Enjoy the experience of participating in a musical performance.
  • Experience how music can express different emotions and make a story come to life.
  • Move expressively to music.

Prepare students for the concert and extend learning afterwards with lesson plans and activity ideas. Familiarize students with the story of Giraffes Can’t Dance, explore how music can convey emotion, and move expressively to music. Lesson plans align with Missouri Early Learning Standards.


After watching this program with your students, please take five minutes to complete the Teacher Survey. The SLSO needs your feedback to share with funders the impact these programs have in classrooms. And the SLSO relies on your input as we create new programs that meet teachers’ needs. Insight from teachers like you is our most valuable resource. 

This survey should take less than five minutes to complete. You are encouraged to complete this survey for each digital program you use in your classroom.

teacher survey

Tiny Tunes: Giraffes Can’t Dance is created in partnership with Ready Readers, COCA, and the Missouri Botanical Garden.
Audio Description provided by MindsEye.

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Tiny Tunes is supported by:

Moneta Group Charitable Foundation

BNSF Railway Foundation

SLSO digital concerts are supported in part by a generous grant from the Berges Family Foundation.