This episode of Reading Rainbow, "Sophie and Lou," explores dance as a rt and recreation. Lola Falana reads Petra Mather's "Sophie and Lou," a story about Sophie, a shy mouse who teaches herself to dance from re ading learn-to-dance books. Sophie eventually meets Lou and they becom e dancing partners. Host LeVar Burton learns to dance the "mambo" from Latin dancer Jackie Rio. The role of dance in cultures across the wor ld is featured with a look at the ritual dances of Bali, step dancing in Ireland, Aboriginal dances in Australia, and American hip-hop. LeVa r Burton learns to hip-hop and about its origins from friend and dance r Huggie Ford. The children reviewers discuss "Cordelia, Dance!," "Lio n Dancer" and "Dancing With the Indians."