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  • Materials: archival ink mat paper

Robert the Tap Dancing Rooster

Digital Print

Susan Gainen
Whimsical Wildlife Documentarian
Artist and Author
susangainen [!at]

Robert is one of my favorite Small Friends. After Robert learned to tap and was up until 2 a.m. every night practicing his steps, he was no longer interested in crowing at dawn. There was consternation in the hen house, a vote, and Robert was booted out of the house.

He came to my studio for a portrait and for career counseling (something that I did for a quarter of a century). To everyone's delight, he is on his way to become Broadway's first tap dancing rooster.

He knows that there is a character in the musical "Annie!" called Rooster Hannigan. He pointed out that it was always played by a human and that the would never take a human's part.

His heart's desire is to become one of the Rockettes who dance at Radio City Music Hall. Sadly, he is too short.

Like most aspiring dancers, actors, and opera singers, he has a day job. Robert is the world's first Roller Skating Rooster Waiter. He works at a steakhouse near Times Square. No poultry is served at that restaurant.

Robert is printed on archival paper with archival ink and matted in an archival mat to 11x14.

He is featured in The Small Friends' Chronicles, a 70-page compendium of portraits and stories of the whimsical creatures who visit or inhabit my studio which is available at

He also appears in The Backyard Roosters of Saint Paul, a 70 page compendium of Saint Paul's Roosters' portraits and stories, available at

His image is on a jolly yellow apron at

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12 shop reviews

5 out of 5 stars

Dorena Battaglino Nov 15, 2018

5 out of 5 stars

I am a tap dance teacher and I love this tap dance-themed art. Communication from the seller was excellent.

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mdik55 Oct 17, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

Darling item. Colorful, whimsical, and well made. My nephew owns the Dancing Rooster Farm and will LOVE getting this card.

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Julie G Apr 26, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

Love this creative, original design! Easy to download and print.

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Linda Groff Aug 23, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

Vibrant and funny. This card is delightful!

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