Even chickens can dance the Chicken
Dance. This popular crowd-pleaser is
suitable for those with "two left
feet." It's been called the
Bird Dance, Birdie Dance, Ducky
Dance and is considered good luck
for clucks. Get out your enthusiasm
and don't be afraid to look silly.
Usually enjoyed at functions where
ample cocktails and beer are served,
adults love this dance...but so do
When you hear the music played in
the video on this page, that's the
signal that the crowd is going to
come to their feet and start
tweaking, pinching their fingers,
clacking and stomping. A
repetitious, simple tune often
that's known to come in over 150
versions, its simplicity and
cheerful sound accompanies the wacky
dance that includes wiggling down to
the floor, flapping your arms like a
chicken and putting your hands in
front and above you, opening and
closing them like a chicken.
The song, itself, was first
attributed to a Swiss musician,
Werner Thomas who played a mean
Handharmonika in the 1950s. The
popularity of the song spread from
Davos, Schweiz to a global audience.
In the U.S., Chicken Dance is a most
requested song at Oktoberfest
celebrations and weddings. In
California, there are some beach
celebrations of Oktoberfest such as
Huntington Beach and Torrance, but
one of our mood favorites in the
Oktoberfest in Big Bear Lake.
There they not only dance the
chicken dance in a huge dance hall,
they also saw logs, women and men
If you really can't dance and you
want to throw a bit of comedy into
any formal occasion, open up the
dance floor with a Chicken Dance.
The sound of the music usually
breaks the ice.