Five things to know about the Chicken Dance!

The Chicken Dance.

It may be blacklisted from wedding tracks… It may be eye-roll worthy… It may make your grandparents happy… but the fact is, the Chicken Dance is a classic, and face it, we all know how to do it.

So you might as well learn some fun facts about the Chicken Dance! Flap your arms and here we go:

  1. The Chicken Dance is an Oom-pah song! In plain English, it’s the rhythmical sound of a deep brass instrument in a band.
  2. Swiss accordian player Werner Thomas created the song and corresponding dance in the 1950s, while working as a restaurant musician.
  3. The name of the original Swiss song was “Der Ententanz,” or “The Duck Dance.”
  4. The dance first came to the United States in 1981 during Oktoberfest celebrations in Tulsa, Oklahoma. A German band wanted to demonstrate the dance in costume for a local TV station, but a duck costume could not be located, so a chicken costume was used. Hence, chicken dance instead of duck dance.
  5. In 2004, Mötley Crüe singer Vince Neil served as Grand Marshall of the World’s Largest Chicken Dance in Cinncinati. VH1 called the appearance “the single least metal moment in history.”

Check out more facts at Holy Kaw and get the bird’s eye view at Answers.com. Don’t forget to brush up on the moves!

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