The Chicken (dance)

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Not to be confused with Chicken Dance. ‹See Tfd›

The Chicken is a popular rhythm and blues dance started in America in the 1950s, in which the dancers flapped their arms and kicked back their feet in an imitation of a chicken. The dance featured lateral body movements, was used primarily as a change of pace step while doing the Twist. The chicken dance gained even more popularity when Rufus Thomas wrote "Do the Funky Chicken".

The Chicken was, in the 1950s a rock dance. No flapping of arms. Also called Chicken Bop. A simple step-touch-touch, step-touch-touch. A variation was the Kick Chicken, where the 2nd touch was replaced with a kick.


In the 1960s the Chicken gave rise to The Frug, showcased in Bob Fosse's choreography. [1]

It is featured in the 1980s original Blues Brothers musical comedy film directed by John Landis and starring John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd.


  1. ^ Karen Lynn Smith (2010). Popular Dance: From Ballroom to Hip-hop. Infobase Publishing. pp. 137–. ISBN 978-1-4381-3476-5.