National Dance Like A Chicken Day:
On the 14th of May every year, the National Dance like a Chicken Day is celebrated to elevate the Chicken Dance.
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Why National Dance like a Chicken Day?
Everyone would be familiar with the famous Chicken Dance, in fact, most of us would have done it at some point in our lives. The song accompanying this famous dance originated in Switzerland and it reached the US in the 70s and it soon became a hit with the Americans. The song has undergone multiple changes with different musicians adding their versions over time and it is now the most popular song to be played in all gatherings across the country.
The dance has a vibe that brings out excitement and happiness when you hear it. Everyone is bound to have a memory associated with this song. The oompah song automatically triggers your inner self to get up and dance to the tune. For a song and dance form to have generated this kind of popularity, it requires a reliving and that is why we celebrate the National Dance like a Chicken Day. It is a day to remember this iconic song and dance and enjoy ourselves to the tune.
How can we celebrate National Dance like a Chicken Day:
If you are wondering how you can make the day memorable, then here are a few pointers to help you celebrate this day to the maximum.
- The best way to celebrate this day is to dance like the chicken to the chicken dance song. The famous step involving the wing and beak is an evergreen move that you may want to relive on this day.
- You can up the game even more by dressing up like a chicken when performing the chicken dance, and doing it on this day will make it extra special.
- Some say that the Chicken Dance song resembles the polka music of Germany a lot. It is therefore a good idea to check out some of the polka music from Germans and check out how these two might be similar.
- You can gather up your friends and close relatives and have them play their version of the chicken dance. It will be a fun get-together and you will have many pictures and videos to create a memory of the day.
Remember to share your pictures, ideas, and your version of the chicken dance online with the hashtag #NationalDanceLikeAChickenDay on your social media platforms.
Interesting facts about National Dance like a Chicken Day:
On this day, let us get to some interesting facts about the Chicken Dance itself.
- While the dance is known as Chicken Dance, it originated as the Duck Dance or “Der Ententanz”, composed by an accordionist from Switzerland.
- There have been nearly 140 versions recorded of the same song and so far nearly 40 million copies have been sold across the world.
- When the song was released as “Dance Little Bird” or “De Vogeltjesdans” by the band De Electronica, it topped the charts in the top ten listing for nearly 29 weeks. This happened in the year 1980 nearly three decades after the original song came out.
- If you are wondering how the Duck Dance became the Chicken Dance, then the credit goes to the Oktoberfest in 1981. The German Polka band played the “Dance Little Bird” song and danced the Duck Dance but wearing a chicken dress. It is said that they compromised with the chicken costume since the duck option was not available.
History of National Dance like a Chicken Day:
There is no specific information on how this day came into being or who initiated the celebration of this day. However, we have information about the chicken dance, which has been a popular form of dance among adults and kids alike. The first version of the Chicken Dance song was composed by a Swiss accordionist named Werner Thomas in the 1950s. He named it “Der Ententanz” which means “Duck Dance”. The Duck Dance came to America in the 70s and by the 1980s there were multiple versions of the dance doing rounds across the country. Soon the name changed from Duck Dance to Chicken Dance and has been quite popular at all parties. The song also became famous thanks to the many commercials which adapted the tune over the years.