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Saturday, April 6, 2019

Superstitious Saturday Chookas

Superstitious Saturday Chookas

I’ve talked about the various words dancers use to wish each other good luck prior to a performance. Toi toi toi and merde are the most commonly used terms. But I ran across one today that I hadn’t heard before, perhaps because it comes from Australia. The word is chukkas or chookas.

The word means chickens. That’s right, chickens. How this came about is a mystery but it is thought to have started when Australian dancers first began earning money for their performances. During this time period, a highly coveted dish was chicken. Therefore, if the box office receipts were good, dancers could afford the gourmet meal after the show.

Hence the word being used to bestow good luck on dancers.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets
Superstition #145:
“Using the word chookas is a way of expressing good luck.”

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“I'm a greater believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it”
― Thomas Jefferson

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