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"The Otter Dance" is a short song from the episode "A Great State Fair". The song is meant for Gus and Gelman to dance to when they can't make the field trip, and thus have to stay behind. Of course, Gelman does not do the dance because "[his] old man [does not] believe in otters."

Gus decides he would not mind not dancing either; however, Miss Finster contradicts them with the fact that "children love the otter dance" and demands he cheer-up and dance the otter dance. She starts the record player again, but still, Gelman does not dance, while Gus does anyway.

The song was performed by April Winchell as Miss Finster.


Ahoy there, sailor,

Can you do the otter dance?

First you take your right flipper, and you slap it on your pants

Next you take your left flipper, and you catch a little fish

Then you take your little tail and you swish, swish, swish!



  • The song has become somewhat of an internet meme.

Media: Recess (Episode List) | Recess: School's Out | Recess: All Growed Down | Recess: Taking the Fifth Grade | Recess Christmas: Miracle on Third Street

Characters: T.J. Detweiler | Vince LaSalle | Ashley Spinelli | Mikey Blumberg | Gretchen Grundler | Gus Griswald | Captain Bradley | Cornchip Girl | The Diggers | Hustler Kid | Erwin Lawson | Miss Grotke | Muriel Finster | Becky Detweiler | Dr. Phillium Benedict | Menlo | Brock | Peter Prickly | Bald Guy | Butch | Ashley Armbruster | Ashley Boulet | Ashley Quinlan | Ashley Tomassian | Fenwick | Brandon the Singer | Gelman | King Bob | Chucko | Jocko | Randall Weems | King Freddy II | Chewy | Spencer | Swinger Girl | Upside-Down Girl | Gordy | Hector | Miss Lemon | Lunchlady Irma | Tubby | Jordan & Jerome | Flo Spinelli | Bob Spinelli | Guru Kid

Songs: Recess Theme Song | "We Shall Not Be Moved" | "Jingle Bells" (Recess Version) | "The Otter Dance" | Bonky Theme Song