One of the great ice-breakers of all times, the Chicken Dance has been a staple of wedding receptions since the 1980’s. What better way to get everyone, young and old alike, out on the dance floor shaking their tail feathers and having a great time to a catchy polka-beat.
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Want to learn how to do it?
It takes longer to read the instructions than it does to learn it by watching. But in case you are not familiar here’s how it goes.
- When the music starts, hold your hands out in front of you and open and close them like a chicken beak four times.
- Put your thumbs in your armpits and flap your wings four times.
- Place your arms and hands like the tail feathers of a chicken and wiggle down to the floor four times.
- Clap four times.
- Repeat steps 1-5 four times.
- After the fourth time take the hands of the people on either side of you and everyone move in a circle or do a do-see-do with anyone you are near.
- Repeat until the end of the music or until you fall on the floor.
- Don’t worry if it takes you a few times to get the sequence right, it’s all in good fun.
Did you know . . .?
In Canada, les Quebecois call it “Le Danse de Canards” or The Duck Dance and has four verses of lyrics as well. Check out the following video. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8pNJwGibXSw
At the Cincinnati Oktoberfest on September 20, 2004, rock musician Vince Neil served as the Grand Marshall of the World’s Largest Chicken Dance. The U.S. cable television channel VH1, in its compilation of the 40 Least Metal Moments panned this performance as the single least metal moment in Heavy Metal history.
The Chicken Dance is featured in Judson Laipply’s Evolution of Dance.
On November 13, 2009, The Hot 89.9 played the Chicken Dance continuously until 389 Tickets for the CHEO Dream of a Lifetime were purchased at $100 each, to support the Childrens Hospital of Eastern Ontario. This played for over 3 hours.
Several attempts have been made to gather the most people for the World’s Largest Chicken Dance but my research did not find an official number.Let us know if you have been part of a record breaking attempt at the Chicken Dance.
Thanks to Vicky Smith, Lori Lesko and Nicki Schneider for their help with this post.