Dance with the Chicken
in the Chicken Dance at Oktoberfest in Huntington
Beach - Old World Village German Restaurant.
The chicken dance is loved by young and old. In the
photo above the Chicken Dance would not end. A
festive group followed the chicken around the beer
hall where the German Polka band served up the
traditional tune with guitars, trombone, keyboard,
drums, saxophone and some yodeling. The band, direct
from Germany, wears lederhosen and speaks English
with a German accent. They know and play many rock
tunes popular in the USA.
The Chicken Dance song
was composed by a Swiss accordion or Handharmonika
player Werner Thomas from Davos, Switzerland in
1950s. The name of the original song was Der
Ententanz (The Duck Dance). He played his Duck Dance
song in restaurants and people used to dance to the
tune in Switzerland. The catchy music caught on and
spread and by the end of 1970s it was played all
over the world. On some recorded releases of the
music Werner Thomas is listed as the composer, while
on others credit is given to Thomas/Rendall/Hose.
Also called, Vogeltanz, German for Bird Dance, Danse
des Canards, French for Chicken Dance, and Dance
Little Bird, over 140 versions exist worldwide. In
the United States, the publishing rights for the
song were acquired by a New York publisher Stanley
The Chicken Dance is popular in the USA as a German
heritage song, and was adopted by the University of
Wisconsin Marching Band in Madison, Wisconsin for
post-game performances. It is the most popular song
at Oktoberfest events and is even played at weddings
to create an air of fun.
If you need to get out
and exercise in a fun event, come to the Oktoberfest
for a night of festive fun with your date,
girlfriend, boyfriend, husband, wife or by yourself.