The Ostrich Dance of Renita Kramer

During the 1950s, contortionist Renita Kramer toured the world performing her Ostrich Dance. Or, as she called it, her Strauss Waltz. (Strauß in German means ostrich.) [Source: musings of a failed taxidermist] But that's pretty much all the information I can find about this obscure performer.

     Posted By: Alex - Wed Jul 17, 2013
     Category: Theater and Stage | 1950s

You've, most likely, found out just about everything anyone ever needed to know about this one-act-wonder, Alex. 😉
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 07/17/13 at 10:15 AM
German/Estonian (1908-1989) Did film work in the 30´s. Interesting person if you don´t have a closed mind.
Posted by F. U.D. on 07/17/13 at 12:55 PM
You have to admit, she was innovative for the fan dance genre.

I do hope that the real bird in the one photo was a female and not an amorous male - the possibilities are too gruesome to think about.
Posted by KDP on 07/17/13 at 04:29 PM
I gotta love a lady that can dance and bend like that. Just like my Julie and my Patty :red: :gulp:

It's a good thing we went through the Kama Sutra book various chapters when we were younger. Some of those would be a hospital trip now. Especially the "Riding of the Horse" position. That was difficult back then and the last one we accomplished.
Posted by BrokeDad in Midwest US on 07/17/13 at 06:25 PM
When I saw the pictures, this story/explanation just came to me:

"Abandoned in the African desert as a young girl, Renita found solace from her loneliness in the company of these large, flightless birds. She learned to imitate them and became completely integrated into ostrich society.

When she was finally found and rescued many years later, her reintroduction to human society was difficult at best. Fortunately, she found she could eek out a meager living by doing what she knew best; imitating the birds she loved so much.

When she had saved up enough money, she returned to the desert to seek out her feathered family. Sadly, only her "brother", Vergil, still recognized her wearing high heels. She brought him home with her and now the two share long evenings of pecking seed in the back yard. "
Posted by Cobweb on 07/18/13 at 12:39 AM
A man walks into a bar with an ostrich and a cat and sits at the bar.

The bartender walks over to them and says, "What can I get for you?"

The man says "I'll have a beer", the ostrich says, "I'll have a beer", and the cat says, "I'll have half a beer and I'm not buying."

(you've undoubtedly heard all the rest, or read it at
Posted by tadchem on 07/18/13 at 01:53 PM
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