Please tell me, if you have additional information. THANKS!
See the "Hokey Pokey" as well.
From: Thomas Marcel <firstname.lastname@example.org> Date: Fri, 13 Sep 1996 Thomas WERNER is the parent of Ententanz (Chicken Dance) The Address : Via Arch Frizzi 6 CH-6648 Minusio Switzerland Worldwide 43.000.000 saled LP's and singles. Worldwide more than 140 versions of this song. If you need more infos, send email to <email@example.com>
From: <firstname.lastname@example.org> (Paul M. Gifford) Newsgroups: rec.folk-dancing Subject: Re: What's this German dance? Date: Tue, 16 Jan 1996 17:04:58 In article <gifford_p.873.000928E4@lib.flint.umich.edu> <email@example.com> (Paul M. Gifford) writes: >From: <firstname.lastname@example.org> (Paul M. Gifford) >Subject: What's this German dance? >Date: Mon, 15 Jan 1996 09:09:31 Thanks to all who responded to this question, mostly privately. Here's a summary. The English name is the "Chicken Dance," and it seems to be very widely known. Apparently it is danced as far west in Europe as Spain and France, and eastward to Romania and perhaps Croatia. I still haven't learned the German name ("Huehnetanz?"). In the U.S., it seems to be a staple at weddings in cultures regarded both as "ethnic," as in the German area around San Antonio, TX, and the Croatian-American community in Pittsburgh, and non-ethnic weddings in Milwaukee and Rochester, NY. I mentioned it as a staple of dances in communities of recent Romanian immigrants in Detroit and Chicago (where it was definitely brought from Europe, not learned here). OK, it's a silly dance, but sure has found its way around. Does the "Herr Schmidt" approach it in popularity? I don't think so, but it might be interesting to find out. Paul Gifford
Date: Wed, 20 Mar 1996 03:29:52 -0800 From: Thomas Konicek <email@example.com> Subject: "Chicken Dance" Research [...] I'm currently working on a piece which features (what we Americans call) "The Chicken Dance"--a comedic song-dance played at Oktoberfests (including Munich's) in which participants flap their arms, twirl, and squat progressively faster with the music, until finally working themselves into a frenzy. I realize that a purist [...] probably does not consider "The Chicken Dance" to be true "folk dancing". On the other hand, I've been told by a polka afficionado that it's not a polka either. Having run out of ideas, I'm hoping that _whatever_ it is, you or your colleagues might nevertheless at least point me in the direction of some useful information. Specifically, what I'm interested in are sources (web sites, encyclopedias, standard reference works, etc.) which might address such things as: How old is the song? Who wrote it? Where did it originate? How did it get associated with the funny dance and with Oktoberfest celebrations? Has it ever been featured in a book or film? Etc. [...] --Kevin Konicek (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Tue, 18 Jun 1996 16:24:33 -1000 From: Alvin K Chock <email@example.com> Subject: Alleged "Chicken" Dance Reference, "The Chicken Dance" on <http://www.ft.tuwien.ac.at/dance/misc/chicken.html> which we downloaded on June 14. We purchased a cassette tape, ENTENTANZPARTY, Chor & Orchester Wilde-Enten GmbH, about ten years ago when we were living in Europe. The first number is "Ententanz (Dance Little Bird)". The inside flyer lists the authors as Thomas/Rendall/Hose. The tape is produced by Miller International Schallplatten GmbH, 2085 Quickborn bei Hamburg (Fed. Rep. Germany). With these non-Germanic names, one is inclined to think that the authors may be a bunch of Brits? The German word Enten refers to ducks, and not chickens. I had never heard of the dance being referred to as a Vogeltanz in German. I do know that it is included in a number of parties during the Karnival (in northern Germany) and Fasching (in Bavaria and associated areas), the celebration, which begins in November,but actually culminates in a frenzy of activities a couple of weeks just before Lent, and also during Oktoberfest (please notice the "k" in Oktober). We'll eventually write to the record company and ask if they can provide more information. The tape actually belongs to my wife, Yona Chock, who is an Artist-in-Residence in the Hawai'i public schools, and teaches "American Folk Dance" in an 8 session (one hour each) program (for all classes in one grade; i.e., 125-150 students), and this, among other dances, is included. We use the dance as follows: (1) beak movements with thumb and forefingers, (2) wing flapping, (3) wiggling the bottom, and (4) hand clapping. In the chorus we do a series of arm turns, right arms, left arms, etc. If you have a circle or square, you can do it with your partner, corner, partner, corner, etc. Alvin (Al) Keali'i Chock
Date: Thu, 25 Jul 1996 10:52:29 +0000 From: Rampa computer-engineering <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: <email@example.com> Subject: Ententanz Hallo ich bin grad ein wenig beim surfen. Hab den Namen Ententanz eingegeben und war erstaunt was es da gibt. Denn , mein Vater Werner Thomas ist der Komponist des Ententanzes auch ( Tchip-Tchip,Vogeltanz,Dance de Canards, Song of Chicken etc) weltweit existieren ca 140 Versionen und es wurden ca 40 Millonen Schallplatten davon verkauft.dieses Lied wurde end 70er Jahre von meinem Vater in Davos (Schweiz) komponiert. Mein Vater hat dieses Lied ursprünglich für Handharmonika gemacht. Für weitere Fragen wendet man sich bitte an meinen Vater, da wir zur Zeit weder eine E-Mail noch einen Internet zugang besitzen.Tel: Schweiz 091 743 78 58 Adresse: Werner Thomas, Via Arch Frizzi 6, 6648 Minusio ( Schweiz)
Newsgroups: rec.folk-dancing From: <firstname.lastname@example.org> (BUhlemann) Date: 9 Oct 1996 23:51:13 -0400 The dance originated in Germany some years ago before it came here. It was called the Ententanz there ( Duck dance, literally), and in fact is called the "Ducky dance" in St. Louis as well, in the German community. I have even seen it done in Andorra (sung in Catalonian) 14 years ago. John Uhlemann John Uhlemann
From: "Gregory J. Bilhartz" <email@example.com> Subject: "The Chicken Dance" ("Dance Little Bird") Date: Mon, 7 Jul 1997 16:37:48 -0400 I direct the 20-piece Hermann Sons German Band in San Antonio and the 45-piece Blasmusik Texas or Texas All-State German Band, both volunteer bands, but consisting of professional caliber musicians. The latter group meets only about three times a year since our musicians come from all parts of Texas for the occasion. We never play a program without including the "Chicken Dance." Both our bands play at the New Braunfels Wurstfest — the biggest German-style Fest in Texas, held the first 10 days of November annually — where this number is so popular that the Fest management has imposed a rule on all bands: "Don't play the Chicken Dance more than once per hour!" We use a band arrangement from Siegfried Rundel Music Publishers in Germany, which has parts for a full American concert band. The composer is Werner Thomas and the arranger is Joe Grain. The title on band parts (which are intended for use by town bands in Germany) is not "Chicken Dance," "Duck Dance," or "Vogeltanz," but "Dance Little Bird." However, I have never heard a German call it anything but "Vogeltanz." I also operate a business from my home, importing band music from publishers in Germany, and music arrangements from my collection are the basis for our two bands' repertoire. Over the years "Dance Little Bird" has been by far our best seller. The full band arrangement is priced at $21. [...] You may reply to [... the] e-mail address [above] or I can be contacted directly in the old fashioned way at Box 162, Medina, Texas 78055. Phone: (830) 589-2268. Regards, Herbert Bilhartz
From: Matt Brukman <firstname.lastname@example.org> Subject: Chicken Dance Date: Sun, 22 Nov 1998 Performances of the dance are not restricted to weddings and Oktoberfest celebrations, at least not in Wisconsin, USA. The University of Wisconsin Marching Band performs it at all of its games and during its post-game performances. The students in particular enjoy dancing to the song in the bleachers (they request the band to it by clapping as in the first step of the dance). In the last step, the students link arms at the elbows and spin each other around. Instead of changing direction, they release their partners at random times and link-up with someone else nearby. The band repeats the tune a number of times, increasing tempo until the crowd cannot keep up. The band has a CD of their material, including the Chicken Dance (though it's titled "Dance Little Bird" on the disk) and I believe that composers are listed.
Von: Carol Subject: It's a DUCK! Datum: Wed, 21 Jul 1999 I grew up in St. Louis, Missouri, USA . There is a large German heritage in many communities around and in St. Louis. All of my life, I have only heard the song and Dance referred to as "THE DUCK DANCE. " I have even heard it referred as the DUCK DANCE on the Spanish Language cable tv network UNIVISION, on a children's show. It wasn't until I lived in Pennsylvania for 5 years that I heard it called the CHICKEN DANCE . Do we know when the division took place? (I can't believe people have it at their wedding reception!)