Thursday, May 13, 2021

Chick it Out...Fowl Fun

Happy Dance Like a Chicken Day!

Yep, today, 14 May, actually is Dance Like a Chicken Day!

And the Chicken Dance originally roosted right here in Switzerland!

I know, right?

Chick out these Fun Fowl Factoids:

🐔In the 1950's a young Swiss named Werner Thomas penned the melody for what would become the Chicken Dance.

🐔The original name was 'Der Ententanz' which translates to 'The Duck Dance'.

🐔In the 1970's the song (and its signature dance moves) came to the United States where September Music Corporation acquired the rights and Stanley Mills added lyrics in English.

🐔It wasn't until the 1980's that the Chicken Dance got the world wide love and admiration it deserves!

On the National Today website, where I found all these egg-citing factoids, the number one suggestion on how to celebrate National Dance Like a Chicken Day is:

  1. Dance like a chicken
And who better to dance with me than Smidgey! (Who, by the way, is feeling MUCH better - though I must confess it took a chicken treat to inspire her to dance.)
 

As for me, I don't need chicken treats to want to dance. What I lack in dancing skills I make up for in enthusiasm.

Today's poem is proof positive that hennything is possible when you combine chicken dancing and a dog:

oompah band
four paws land
doggy chicken dance

her tail swings
flapping wing
doggy chicken dance

wiggle butt
flying mutt
doggy chicken dance
©2021, Bridget Magee. All Rights Reserved.
 
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26 comments:

  1. Wiggle butt! Ha ha ha ha. I used to call my dog, Wiggle butt. I'm so glad Smidgey's feeling better. I had no idea that today is National Dance like a Chicken Day---or that the Swiss had ANYthing to do with that. I'll bet our Ckik-fil-A stores will do something fun. Throw a few wing flaps into your dance from me to Smidgey!

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    1. Thanks, Linda! Smidgey is happy to flap-dance as long as chicken is on the menu. She sends her woof thanks! :)

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  2. Oh Bridget, I felt like I could sing your poem to the tune of the chicken dance. It is so catchy to read. Such a funny post! Who knew there was such a thing as Dance Like a Chicken Day? I loved watching your doggy dance too.

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    1. Thanks, Denise! I stumbled upon this fun fact and when I saw the Swiss connection, I couldn't resist. :)

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  3. Chick it out! :) We kept chickens for several years... they are interesting animals, and I enjoyed leaning each one's individual personality. xo

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    1. Yes, we hatched three eggs and raised the subsequent chickens for a short time between dog #1 and Smidgey. Luckily the farmer we got the eggs from was happy to take back the chicks to keep them out of danger. In the short time we had them, I was surprised and delighted by their chicky personalities. :)

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  4. I had no idea that originated here - but now that you say it, and I hear it again, of course it did :-D.

    I'm so glad Smidgey is feeling well enough again to be your dancing partner (even if she has to be bribed!)

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    1. Thanks, Elisabeth. That Swiss oompah is catchy despite ourselves. And yes, we are relieved that Smidgey can get her 4 paws off the floor again (with proper motivation ;).

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  5. You've made my day more energetic than I thought it would be, Bridget. I had no idea that the dance originally is from the Swiss! Everyone joins in the fun at your home, I see! Keep on dancing!

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    1. Thanks, Linda! Yes, like it or not, my family (dog included) is swept up in my kookiness. :)

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  6. Brava! More please!! What a fun post. Thanks for the dance, the cool info bits and the wiggle butt poem. Only you, Bridget! :D Good to see Smidgey in action too.

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    1. Thanks, Jama! Smidgey and I try to embrace our wiggle butt ways. Smidgey is happy to be back in action. Woof-thanks! :)

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  7. Oh, wow! Dance Like a Chicken Day! Yay! You will have to read "And the Winner Is..." on Madness Poetry! I wrote about two roosters. They were not dancing though! Lol!
    Love your Wiggle Butt poem! So lively and fun!

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    1. Thanks, Donna! I read and voted for your "And the Winner Is..." poem - I can not resist chicken. (in poems, on my plate, and in a dance)

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  8. Thanks for reminding us that hennything is possible! (If the doggy eats a chicken treat and you are what you eat, then does that give new meaning to doggy chicken dance?)

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    1. I think you might be on to something there, Tabatha...I'll have to ponder this logic while dancing like a chicken with my dog. ;)

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  9. Next up, dancing like a dog with your chicken?!?

    Thanks for a fun post that made me giggle!

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    1. Yes! All I need now is a chicken...and Smidgey's solemn woof that she won't eat it! :)

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  10. You really know how to have a good time, Bridget! I never knew the Chicken Dance has such a distinguished history. Love the video.

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    1. Thanks, Janice! I do like a good time...and unsuspecting blog readers reap the benefits(?) of my quirk. ;)

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  11. Ha!!! Just ha! This dose of silliness came at the right moment!

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    1. I'm so glad, Heidi! I'm all about the silliness. :)

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  12. What a fun post! Your poem read like a song, and I loved the video!

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    1. Thanks, Linda! As you can see, I have little shame to put a video like that on the internet. ;)

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  13. What fun, Bridget! How did I miss Chicken Dance Day?? (Last week was a little crazy.) I'll make up for it by dancing with my Border Collie/Blue Heeler, though when she dances with me I have to be careful that she doesn't knock me over as she's quite an enthusiastic dance partner. :)

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    1. The nice thing is you can dance like a chicken with or without your dog ANY day, Karen. Smidgey sends her woofy-hello to your poochy partner. :)

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