Gerry and Jeri are jousting, but it seems they're right into dancing, and love performing for any appreciative audience.
Remember the beauty of the pas de duex in Swan Lake as you watch what happens when they hit the dance floor!
"Hey Jeri, the tourists are coming! We better go practise our dance number. I'd like to get the steps worked out right. Let's gallop over and try a out a routine with this bunch of gawkers."
|"Gerry, I think we need to do an impressive entrée like this! We gallop centre stage."|
|"Then we stand stock still until they settle down and pay attention!" |
|"Then we turn Gerry, gallop 10 steps to the rear."|
|"Then we turn, freeze, hold the step. Wait for my cue."|
|" Adagio now Gerry. |
I pirouette, freeze, you hold your position while I half turn..."
|"Together, turn to the left, hold for a 3 count. |
You're doing well Gerry."
|"Now Gerry, we do variations, free style, improvise if you want to."|
|"I'll swing into you...gently. Don't let me fall, Gerry."|
|"Great stuff Gerry. You're a solid dance partner."|
|"Come on Gerry, Move, do anything."|
|"That's cool Gerry, looking good!"|
|"Swing and finish."|
|" Now for the big finale Gerry. Swing with me Gerry."|
|"That looks cool Gerry, just swing into me, half turn, then dip."|
|"My turn. Stick with me, just follow my lead."|
|"When I say so, turn into me and dip!"|
|"We're doing great. The chorus dancers are coming in now Gerry."|
|"Way to go. You are such a cool dance partner!"|
|"OK, this is it. When I turn, stay with me for the perfect finish!"|
|"Voila! The perfect Cross to finish!"|
|"Hey Gerry. I think we done good. |
The tourists are going crazy. I think we'll be kept on here!"
These are some of a series of photos taken last May of giraffe jousting at Nxai Pans National Park, Botswana. Juvenile males will play fight, developing their strength and forming dominance hierarchy in preparation for the real fight, as adults, to challenge the dominant breeding bull.
When reviewing the 40 photos I took of these two males, ballet Pas de deux sprang to mind - similarly as graceful.
We travelled with Russell Frankish of Greenbushpig Safaris , guide for Britz Rentals self drive 4WD, 13 day tour of Botswana from Johannesburg to Victoria Falls and return. For more information check out those links, or contact me. A most exciting tour!
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