A Kingdom in Motion: Nature's Greatest Dancers
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Step into the rhythm of nature.

From an intricate mating display to an acrobatic leap out of danger, motion and mobility are crucial to many species’ survival. However, the wild world is often more synchronized in its behavior than we might think.

Why do so many creatures feel the magnetic pull of a beat, rhythm, or pulse? And why do so many species seem to incorporate “dance” into their repertoire of survival techniques?

This spring, join career adventurer and wildlife expert Steve Backshall on a study of dance throughout the animal kingdom. Explore the incredible rituals and tactics of nature’s most syncopated species, including the flamingo, ring-tailed lemur, mudskipper, humpback whale, and more. Learn about the graceful maneuvers some creatures use to dodge and distract predators, and about the twirls and ballets they use to woo potential partners.

Evolutionary biology suggests that all instinctual behaviors have a purpose: so why is dance such a powerfully unifying factor across the spectrum? Find out when Nature’s Greatest Dancers airs on April 6, 13, and 20 at 10 p.m.

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