Today is National Dance Like a Chicken Day! Although we may not like to admit it, we all have rocked the Chicken Dance at least once or twice in our lives. This goofy dance is a popular favorite at kids birthday parties, bat mitzvahs, weddings, and beyond.
Werner Thomas, a Swiss accordion player, wrote the basic melody for the Chicken Dance song in the late 1950s. In 1963, he began performing it at his restaurant. The people who bravely stood up and danced along often used sporadic movements that reminded Thomas of ducks and chickens. By the time the Chicken Dance arrived in America in the 1970s, it had transformed into a set of movements with repeated "beak", "wing", and "tail" movements.
Today, the Chicken Dance has earned a fond place in the playlist of cheesy party dance songs. Other favorites typically include the Hokey Pokey, the Electric Slide, and the Macarena. To celebrate National Dance Like a Chicken Day, turn on this familiar tune and dance like a chicken!