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Thursday, May 31, 2018

Throwback Thursday Chicken Dance

Throwback Thursday Chicken Dance

In the category of “you can’t make this stuff up” comes the Chicken Dance. For those of you who are unfamiliar with this, today’s Link is a clip of dancers from the Laurence Welk show performing this little ditty.

According to at least one internet source, it is “widely understood” that today’s chicken dance was inspired by the ballet La Fille Mal Gardee. As a side note, this ballet was choreographed by Jean Dauberval just two weeks before the storming of the Bastille.

La Fille Mal Gardee features an extended variation of chickens dancing, hence the reputed connection to today’s Chicken Dance. Many other choreographers have restaged and added their own stamp to La Fille Mal Gardee, notably Frederick Ashton (see second link).

La Fille Mal Gardee It is in the repertoire of many ballet companies today.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets
Dance History Factoid #135:
“The ballet La Fille Mal Gardee is said to have inspired today’s Chicken Dance.”

Link of the Day:

Quote of the Day:
“If I didn't start painting, I would have raised chickens.”
― Grandma Moses

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