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:
- The Chicken Dance is an Oom-pah song! In plain English, it’s the rhythmical sound of a deep brass instrument in a band.
- Swiss accordian player Werner Thomas created the song and corresponding dance in the 1950s, while working as a restaurant musician.
- The name of the original Swiss song was “Der Ententanz,” or “The Duck Dance.”
- 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.
- 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.”