Dance, Dance Evolution Contest

Create Your Own Birds-of-Paradise Dance Video

The bizarre courtship dances of birds-of-paradise aren’t mere flights of fancy. They help determine which individual birds get to pass their genes (and dance moves) onto the next generation.

If you were a bird-of-paradise, what would YOUR mating dance look like? Would you favor an existing dance, or step out in your own unique style? Or perhaps you’re a female bird-of-paradise out to turn the male- led traditional dancing scheme on its head! 

The Museum will award prizes for one adult, one teen (13-18) and one youth (12 and under) video, plus the video that gets the most likes on our Facebook account will win Fan Favorite. Judging criteria include dancing, costuming, story, and overall quality of the video.

Winners will each receive

  • A family Museum membership
  • A $100 Museum Store gift certificate
  • Local business prizes
This contest is held in conjunction with the Birds of Paradise Special Exhibit.

Birds-of-Paradise Videos

Here are some examples of how the birds perform their mating dances.

More birds-of-paradise dance videos

You may submit your video to us either online by emailing a link to karen.swain@naturalsciences.org (via YouTube, Vimeo, DropBox, etc.) or via snail mail on a DVD or thumbdrive to: 

Karen Swain
NC Museum of Natural Sciences
1626 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-1626

DEADLINE EXTENDED! Submissions now close February 17, 2014.

Approved videos will be posted to the Museum’s Facebook page in February for fan voting.