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
- Dance, Dance Evolution Submission #1 : The Story of the Black Crested Ribbon Tail; story and dance by Sophia Hennessey (age 8)
- Dance, Dance Evolution Submission #2 : "Dr. Riflebird" by Ketan Mayer-Patel
- Dance, Dance Evolution Submission #3 : Blue Bird-of-Paradise Mating Dance (Paradisaea rudolphi) by Sarah McGrath
Here are some examples of how the birds perform their mating dances.
You may submit your video to us either online by emailing a link to email@example.com  (via YouTube, Vimeo, DropBox, etc.) or via snail mail on a DVD or thumbdrive to:
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.
- Video must be original.
- No lewd content.
- Music must either be original, in the public domain, or Creative Commons licensed (for options, visit http://creativecommons.org/legalmusicforvideos ; http://socialtimes.com/royalty-free-music_b37470 ).
- Museum staff and their immediate families are not eligible to win.