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 boogied to disco,
he did the merengue from Boston to Frisco.
He limboed 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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