Tuesday, June 16, 2015

The Chicken Dance

Why did the chicken cross the road? To do the Chicken Dance, of course!

Yep, it's really me, doing the Chicken Dance at a recent baseball game.
Yep, it's really me, doing the Chicken Dance at a recent baseball game.

May 14th is National Dance Like a Chicken Day. Come on, do the chicken dance!

If you need to learn how to dance with that chicken, the one who just crossed the road, then stay tuned because I'm going to teach you how to do the chicken dance, as well as tell you more about it.

If you already know the chicken dance and look forward to dancing it at every wedding, baseball game, Oktoberfest or other big party or gathering you go to, you stick around, too. There might be something new about chickens that you can learn.

Either way, I hope you'll browse this page and have a good time while you're here.

How to Do the Chicken Dance

Remember these four things: Beak - Wings - Tail Feathers - Clap, Clap, Clap, Clap

Each movement gets four beats. Got it? It's easy! Let's go:

  • Using the fingers of both hands, make the chicken beaks.

  • Flap your chicken wings.

  • Shake your tail feathers.

  • Clap, clap, clap, clap.

  • Repeat. When you get to the chorus, just do what the crowd does!

Watch how these championship chicken dancers do it. Dance along with them. Don't be shy, have fun!

Download the music for The Chicken Dance and Start Dancing Immediately!

Click and listen to this sample. If you like it, you can download it instantly so you'll be ready to dance any time!

Caution! The Chicken Dance song is addictive and will stay in your head for hours! It's worth it, though, because it's so much fun!

Video: The Chicken Dance - Everyone's Doing It!

You'll find chicken dancers (not to be confused with dancing chickens) at weddings, ball games, Oktoberfest celebrations, festivals, parties, and other events of every size, all over the country and around the world!

When you watch the videos below, note the variations in technique. The only rule for doing the chicken dance is that you must be willing to shake your tail feathers and have a good time! Note that some of these people are having a bit more fun than others!

History of the Chicken Dance

For the morbidly curious among us, here's a little history and more about the chicken dance.

  • The "Chicken Dance" is an oom-pah song composed by Swiss accordion (Handharmonika) player Werner Thomas from Davos, Switzerland in the 1950s and the corresponding fad dance.

  • Ever year, a celebrity is chosen to become Grand Marshal of the Cincinnati Oktoberfest and lead the world's largest Chicken Dance. In 1994, the Crown Prince of Bavaria was the lucky recipient. In 2011 the honor went to Cincinnati Red's baseball legend Joe Morgan.

  • "Weird Al" Yankovic used the Chicken Dance to begin his 2006 polka medley, "Polkarama!" from his album "Straight Outta Lynwood", and used the song as the concert opener on the tour promoting Lynwood.

Not enough information for you? Visit this Wikipedia article to learn more.

"Whatever shall I wear to the chicken dance?"
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I hope you have as much fun as I do every time I get the chance to do the Chicken Dance at a ball game (see the picture above), Oktoberfest, or other event. Do you love the chicken dance, too? Did you like this silly page? Just want to say hello? It's your turn to cluck, er, talk. Leave me a message in the comments below.


  1. I love the chicken dance song. My brother could dance this like a professional and I would sit it out simply to watch him lol. Amazed me.

    1. You should have gotten up and danced with him, Lorelei! Both amazing and fun!