14 May – Dance Like A Chicken Day
Today is 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.
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. It 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.