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The Amazing Flight of Little Ray sends a young stingray on an unforgettable flight in air. Little Ray does not believe in limits. He plans to fly like a bird. After many tries, he gyrates, twists and twirls into the great unknown.
Disco Ball? Returning to the big blue sea from the big blue sky gives him trouble. He'll need help to thunder back for another bounce from the ocean floor. Hurray for Little Ray! This young ray takes the spin of a lifetime.
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Little Ray & Shark Patch Things Up begins with a young ray conducting an underwater circus. His acrobatics get cheers from boating friends. When a lone, dark fin appears, Ray's friends try to make a fast getaway.
Cutting In? The shark hits the boat, making a hole. While the boaters bail water, Little Ray sticks to the hole as a patch. The shark grabs the anchor chain and starts towing. As the boat nears shore, swimmers flee.
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The Foxy Armadillos find an empty fox den for their family. Pa and Ma move in with their children; Sis, Boom and Ba. It seems to be a stroke of luck. Then, the farmers notice new critters are making themselves at home.
Night Club? Holes are everywhere. Not long ago, they had driven the fox away. What will they do to stop these diggers? When the armadillos become the next target, the 'Dillos come up with a clever solution.
Shuffle Dance Animation
Shuffle Dance Basics:
Poster Boy? Little Ray draws friends to the beach with dance figures and adventures. Lead-and-follow twists and turns enhance everyone's beach days. The above video shows simple, useful essentials.
The Stingray Shuffle? This dance has no part in any Little Ray tale. The animations were made from book illustrations. The tempo, progressions and hooks present novel dance patterns in just 32 Seconds.
Transcript? “Doing the stingray shuffle may improve our beach days. The vibrations scare off any unfriendly rays. Let's make the surf pound and rattle the ground with your choice of sound for our next go-round.”
Open Plan? The stingray shuffle dance may prevent injury and crippling pain. It scares away offensive angel sharks and defensive stingrays. Nobody relishes lock-step contact with hazardous shark family members.
Grab a Partner? Little Ray helps folks learn to recognize toxic beings. It is best to identify and avoid dangerous circumstances. Controlling or cleaning up after landing in negative messes truly complicates life.
Blurred Lines? A shuffling box step frightens flat sharks. Half-buried bottom dwellers flee rhythmic vibrations in water and sand. Gliding movements may prevent full weight transfers onto these menaces.
Party Line? Everyone learns how to tread around unwilling stingray dance partners. Visitors to the ocean world of these shark relatives should learn the flap-step to avoid missteps. The techniques can be practiced on land.
Wonderland? Quickstep routines to repel biters and stingers should not be performed around apex predatory shark species. Movements intimidating to flat sharks may attract their fierce carnivorous cousins.
Half Shark, Half Stingray? Angel Sharks, or “Sand Devils”, ambush waders with mouths full of teeth. Their flattened bodies and obnoxious defenses get them taken for stingrays. Stingrays are shark kin.
Big Picture? Little Ray's video teaches friends to shuffle-step when entering and wading in water. Dancing stingrays would slap-step if they had feet. Angel sharks may be particularly scary to rays; they snack on them.
Rising dance platforms? Large stingrays are able to lift and topple unwelcome dance partners from their backs. With luck, there will be no encore and the stingers will graze rather than penetrate victims.
Step by Step? Light strides may not avert injury from feather stepping onto buried stinging barbs. These parts get left behind by stingrays. After boogieing, bop into other Little Ray ocean life spots.
Record Time? This dance-music style, popularized in the late 1970s, made records the norm, rather than a band. The original mechanical pop beat is dead, but dancing to newer sounds continues in many places.
Top Flight? Dancers can take to the air. Divers perform hurdle, twist and tuck routines from diving boards or platforms into deep swimming pools. Their in-flight dances mimic those of Flying Stingrays.
Shark Disco Ball? The 8-foot fiberglass shark covered in mirrored panels and Swarovski crystals was created by artist Kevin McHugh. Donors of $15,000 to his shark disco cause get replicas. Contributions help save sharks.
Fine Print? Little Ray features stingrays, sharks, turtles, armadillos and more. Partners may not observe hardy armadillos at the beach. Attributes of these swimming creatures are thrilling, engaging and bold.
Read to Rock!
We cannot go wrong
by reading along
or joining in song.
We're Little Ray strong!
We will not scuffle
or pack our duffel.
Who's going to muffle
our dancing shuffle?
No unfriendly ray
will mess up our day.
We're showing the way
to sashay and sway.
It sure does behoove
folks to make this move.
As beach days improve,
we'll get in the groove.