How to dance the funky chicken

to dance the funky chicken definition | English definition dictionary


1    intr   to move the feet and body rhythmically, esp. in time to music  

2    tr   to perform (a particular dance)  

3    intr   to skip or leap, as in joy, etc.  

4    to move or cause to move in a light rhythmic way  

5   ♦ dance attendance on (someone)   to attend (someone) solicitously or obsequiously  

6    a series of rhythmic steps and movements, usually in time to music  
   Related adj     →   Terpsichorean  

7    an act of dancing  

a    a social meeting arranged for dancing; ball  

b    (as modifier)  
a dance hall     

9    a piece of music in the rhythm of a particular dance form, such as a waltz  

10    dancelike movements made by some insects and birds, esp. as part of a behaviour pattern  

11   ♦ lead (someone) a dance     (Brit)  
informal   to cause (someone) continued worry and exasperation; play up  
     (C13: from Old French dancier)  
  danceable      adj  
  dancer      n  
  dancing      n, adj  

apache dance  
      n   a fast violent dance in French vaudeville, supposedly between a Parisian gangster and his girl  

barn dance  

1      (Brit)   a progressive round country dance  

2      (U.S. and Canadian)   a party with hoedown music and square-dancing  

3    a party featuring country dancing  

4    a disco or party held in a barn  

belly dance  

1    a sensuous and provocative dance of Middle Eastern origin, performed by women, with undulating movements of the hips and abdomen  

2    intr   to perform such a dance  
  belly dancer      n  

break dance  

1    an acrobatic dance style of the 1980s  

2    intr   to perform a break dance  
  break dancer      n  
  break dancing      n  

country dance  
      n   a type of folk dance in which couples are arranged in sets and perform a series of movements, esp. facing one another in a line  
  country dancing      n  

dance of death  
      n   a pictorial, literary, or musical representation, current esp. in the Middle Ages, of a dance in which living people, in order of social precedence, are led off to their graves, by a personification of death,   (Also called (French))    danse macabre  

      n   a formal dinner followed by dancing  

fan dance  
      n   a dance in which large fans are manipulated in front of the body, partially revealing or suggesting nakedness  

folk dance  

1    any of various traditional rustic dances often originating from festivals or rituals  

2    a piece of music composed for such a dance  
  folk-dance   intr  

3    to perform a folk dance  
  folk dancing      n  

formation dance  
      n   any dance in which a number of couples form a certain arrangement, such as two facing lines or a circle, and perform a series of figures within or based on that arrangement  
  formation dancing      n  

ghost dance  
      n   a religious dance of certain North American Indians, connected with a political movement (from about 1888) that looked to reunion with the dead and a return to an idealized state of affairs before Europeans came  

ice dance  
      n   any of a number of dances, mostly based on ballroom dancing, performed by a couple skating on ice  
  ice dancer      n  
  ice dancing      n  

modern dance  
      n   a style of free and expressive theatrical dancing not bound by the classical rules of ballet  

morris dance  
      n   any of various old English folk dances usually performed by men (morris men) to the accompaniment of violin, concertina, etc. The dancers are adorned with bells and often represent characters from folk tales,   (Often shortened to)    morris  
     (C15 moreys daunce Moorish dance. See Moor)  
  morris dancing      n  

old-time dance  
      n     (Brit)   a formal or formation dance, such as the lancers  
  old-time dancing      n  

poi dance  
      n     (N.Z.)   a women's formation dance that involves singing and manipulating a poi  

round dance  

1    a dance in which the dancers form a circle  

2    a ballroom dance, such as the waltz, in which couples revolve  

Saint Vitus's dance  
      n   usually abbreviated to   , St Vitus's dance     (Pathol)      a nontechnical name for     →   Sydenham's chorea  
     (C17: so called because sufferers traditionally prayed to Saint Vitus (3rd-century child martyr) for relief)  

slam dance  
      vb   to hurl oneself repeatedly into or through a crowd at a rock-music concert  

snake dance  

1    a ceremonial dance, performed by the priests of the American Hopi Indians, in which live snakes are held in the mouth  

a    the swaying movements of snakes responding to a snake charmer  

b    a Hindu dance in which performers imitate such snake movements  

song and dance  

1      (Brit)   a fuss, esp. one that is unnecessary  

2      (U.S. and Canadian)   a long or elaborate story or explanation, esp. one that is evasive  

square dance  

1      (Chiefly U.S. and Canadian)   any of various formation dances, such as a quadrille, in which the couples form squares  

2    intr   to perform such a dance  
  square-dancer      n  

step dance  
      n   a dance in which a display of steps is more important than gesture or posture, esp. a solo dance  

sun dance  
      n   a North American Indian ceremony associated with the sun, performed at the summer solstice  

sword dance  
      n   a dance in which the performers dance nimbly over swords on the ground or brandish them in the air  
  sword dancer      n  
  sword dancing      n  

tap dance  

1    a step dance in which the performer wears shoes equipped with taps that make a rhythmic sound on the stage as he dances  
  tap-dance   intr  

2    to perform a tap dance  
  tap-dancer      n  
  tap-dancing      n  

tea dance  
      n   a dance held in the afternoon at which tea is served  

toe dance  

1    a dance performed on tiptoe  

2    intr     (Ballet)   to dance on pointes  
  toe dancer      n  

war dance  

1    a ceremonial dance performed before going to battle or after victory, esp. by certain North American Indian peoples  

2    a dance representing warlike action  

Funky Chicken: Dance Like No One is Watching

Andrew Smith Reviews

How do you write about a game that is all about the experience of playing? Funky Chicken isn’t much to look at, but it is amazingly silly fun. Can you make a fool of yourself to get rid of your cards first, or will you be too chicken?

Funky Chicken is a sequel to Happy Salmon, designed by Ken Gruhl, Quentin Weir, and Satish Pillalamarri. It is part of the new Happy Planet line from North Star Games.



Happy Planet delivers Funky Chicken in much the same way Happy Salmon was delivered; via an appropriately shaped pouch. To play Funky Chicken, all you need to do is open up the cute chicken-shaped zipper pouch. Each player then chooses one of the colored decks (there are six available) inside.

Each deck contains three copies of four different actions: Bump, Swing, Spin, and Funky Chicken.

When the game starts, everyone flips the top card of their deck and looks for someone whose card matches with their own action, often by yelling out the action they have. It’s reminiscent of the game Pit, but less cutthroat and more funny. When two players match, they perform the action together. Then they discard that card and move on to the next one in their deck.

If you can’t find a match with anyone, you can move your current action card to the bottom of your deck and try to find a match for the next card.

Winner, Chicken Dinner!

When a player discards their last card, they must shout “Winner, winner, chicken dinner!” In the case of multiple people finishing their decks at the same time, the first person to shout wins.


Funky Chicken is fast-paced, silly, and loud. We’ve found that it makes a good ice-breaker or filler game as well as a great way to get moving. The dance moves are so clearly illustrated that our three-year-old had no trouble matching them.

Since it doesn’t require a significant play surface, Funky Chicken can be played almost anywhere, provided there is enough room for the players to move around to perform their card actions.

Funky Chicken is the summer blockbuster movie; it’s not a deep, soul-filled strategy experience, but it doesn’t masquerade as one. It’s simply a silly, multi-generational game that can pit grandchildren against grandparents. (It slots right in with our recommended games for multigenerational play!)


Funky Chicken supports 3-6 players and the fun only gets more frantic as more players are added.

Also, because the mechanics are so similar, combine Funky Chicken with Happy Salmon to create an epic double-decked game of hyperactive move-matching. It really is fun for the whole family!

You can see for your self how much fun we had with Funky Chicken through this video of The Family Gamers enjoying a round as a family.

Funky Chicken is available now on Amazon or at your friendly local toy store.


The Family Gamers received a review copy of Funky Chicken from North Star Games.

Funky Chicken

  • Art - 4/10
  • Mechanics - 5/10
  • Family Fun - 10/10



Age Range: 6+
Number of Players: 3-6
Playtime: 10 minutes

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How to teach a chicken to dance or modern methods of employee development

Svetlana Gonchar

Executive coach. Business coach

Training and development of employees is not an easy task, and not a quick one. Sometimes, you have to explain several times, but there is still no result. The anecdote about the professor “I explained it to them five times, I already understood it myself ... But they don’t understand everything” is a reality, sometimes cruel. How do you get your employees to learn on-the-job without interrupting their work? How to increase the effectiveness of the team without arranging two-day trainings? Read more about modern methods of employee development in this article.

About five years ago I read in a smart book that if you can teach a chicken to dance, then you can manage any team.

The thought seemed interesting to me, though not realizable. At that moment, I knew how to teach a dog to dance... and even a robot... But a chicken... He has a different brain... not tuned to learning. It is impossible to teach someone something if he is not capable of it.

This thought appeared in my head, snarled and made me look for an answer to the question: “How to teach a chicken to dance?”

As the years passed, I learned how to motivate remote teams to great deeds. .. Create distributed teams from completely different nationalities, effectively working towards a common result. But the thought of the dancing chicken haunted me. For a lot of effort was spent on explaining to people “how to do it”, “how we differ from each other”, “what is right and why”. And the chicken - he won’t understand me, he won’t accept my arguments ... How can you teach him something?

And so it happened. I found a completely different approach to developing people, their skills and abilities.

It all started with a six-year-old niece. We gathered one frosty winter day to cook dumplings. It was the first experience in cooking for the baby, it is clear that the meat was out, the dough was torn ... My explanations of how to lay out the filling, how to pinch the edges had the opposite effect. The child experienced even more, began to be capricious ... And by the tenth dumpling, a catastrophe threatened to break out ...

I exhaled, remembered the chicken. .. And suddenly I asked: “How many holes did you get this time?” A minute later, Margo sopya answered that she was alone. "Are we leaving?" The niece looked at me indignantly, answered: “No, of course !!!”, and corrected the defect.

I only had to ask once more about the number of holes - after that, dumplings began to turn out completely closed, without gaps in the dough.

Quite surprised at the speed of improvement, I changed my niece's focus of attention to the thickness of the edge... And already after two pieces the dumplings became perfect.

I sat in shock, looking from dumplings to Margot, from Margot to the clock, and so on. 3 minutes passed, and the child enthusiastically sculpted quite a decent-looking product, building a business plan for selling them (my niece's creativity is worth a separate article).

Still in shock, I began to test this method in business.

A client came in with a request to improve presentation skills. Instead of explaining how and what to say, instead of showing - here is the mistake and here, I applied a new strategy. At first she asked what exactly he did not like in his performances, what he wanted to be on stage. And then, directly in practice, she periodically asked: “on a ten-point scale, how satisfied are you with such and such a parameter?” After an hour of work, the client came out completely happy with the promise to practice this method of focusing on a single parameter in the next presentations.

I moved on. Now, when working with teams, I periodically stop discussions and ask them to evaluate - how well-coordinated are they now, as a team? To what extent is the decision made in line with the overall goal?

After changing the focus of the recruitment department from the number of positions closed to the number of “out of the box, interesting” individuals who responded to the vacancy, stress levels dropped significantly and the most important (and longest) vacancies were closed.

Surprisingly, as soon as we shift the focus of attention to one of the parameters of what is happening, concentrate on something more specific, the whole picture as a whole instantly improves, stress goes away and the result is better than one could imagine.

An employee complains that he does not have time to process all the requests? Invite him to count for a week how many applications he processes every day (or every hour). Just count. Without judgment - is it a lot or a little. No comparison with peers.

Telemarketing keeps saying that it is impossible to get through to decision makers? Invite him to guess the mood of the subscriber by his voice. Moreover, it doesn’t matter at all whether he guesses or not. Let's just keep the focus on it.

See how the results of employees have improved after a week/month? What has changed in their attitude to work?

Depending on the tasks and goals of your company, set your focus for each department; invite your employees to monitor important parameters in their work and note the changes that have occurred in order to move on to the next stage of development in time.

And of course, decide - what will YOU follow in your work, starting from now?

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Health Benefits of Dancing | RBC Style


Shot from the movie Pulp Fiction

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Author Natalya Germanovich

August 08, 2021

We will tell you why dancing is sometimes more useful than regular fitness, and what effect dance exercises have on the body and psyche

We are all looking for ways to feel healthier, more energetic and happier. According to research by Japanese scientists, dancing is the most effective exercise that helps maintain not only physical but also psychological health. For eight years, experts have observed 1,000 women who practiced yoga, walking, rhythmic gymnastics and other sports. It turned out that 73% of those who practiced dancing specifically had the highest health scores compared to other participants in the study who chose other sports. [1

The main advantage of dancing is that people of any age and any build can do it. Tap or twerk - you can choose any dance rhythm. “Bonuses” from these classes can be felt already in the first week of classes.

How to choose a dance?

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In addition to aesthetic and musical criteria, physical activity should also be taken into account in dancing. On average, a person is able to burn 250-400 kcal per hour of training. But it depends on the intensity of the movements and the style of the dance. Step is one thing, in which the lower body is more actively involved, and acrobatic types, where all muscle groups work, are quite another.

How many calories are spent on dancing:

  • pole dance — 800 kcal/hour [2]
  • jazz-modern/jazz-funk — up to 600 kcal/hour — [3]
  • breakdance — 650 kcal/hour [4]
  • twerk — 480 kcal/hour [5]

Such intense exercise is suitable for healthy people who may have already had or have experience in sports.

Beginners who still want to move actively are more suitable:

  • classical ballet - 429kcal/hour [6]
  • tap dance — 394 kcal/hour [7]
  • latin dances — 343 kcal/hour [8]

Do not write off the classics. Waltz and foxtrot on average will help to spend 283 kcal / hour. This is an ideal load for people who have limitations associated with the state of the body.

In any case, both fast and slow movements lower the heart rate, burn calories and help improve the functioning of the body. [9]

A frame from the film "Dirty Dancing"

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What else is dancing useful for?

The overall tone of the body increases

Dancing involves a large part of the body, so this hobby can easily replace routine cardio workouts. Since a sedentary lifestyle reduces the health of the cardiovascular system (according to WHO, a person should move at least 150-300 minutes a week, but more is better [10]), dancing helps reduce the risk of getting hypertension, as well as problems with the heart and blood vessels. [11]

More strength appears

Constant fatigue and drowsiness have a negative impact on the quality of life. According to a 2017 study, weekly dance classes make adults more energetic. And if you increase the load to 150 minutes a week, this will reduce the risk of insomnia. Physical fatigue contributes to rapid sleep. [12]

The brain starts to work better

Dancing stimulates several parts of the brain at once, because it makes you focus on the constant movement of the body in space and on memorizing dance patterns. First, this is how we develop coordination. Secondly, long-term memory and cognitive abilities are improved. Studies have confirmed that dancing helps the growth of "white matter", which helps the brain perform these functions smoothly. [13]

Thirdly, it reduces the risk of dementia and Parkinson's disease in old age. Dancing also helps develop new neural connections that are responsible for orientation in space and the executive functions of the brain: concentration, planning, cognitive inhibition, and any other decision-making activities. [14]

Mental and emotional well-being improves

Through dancing, the body produces “happy hormones” – serotonin and oxytocin. The first is formed due to physical activity, and the second is when we begin to feel that we are getting dance moves.

All these chemical processes, as well as music, rhythm, monotonous repetitions of movements, help to get rid of obsessive unpleasant thoughts, which often lead a person into a state of anxiety and increase the risk of depression. University of Hertfordshire psychology professor Peter Lovatt, in his book Dance psychology: the science of dance and dancers, claims that a person receives a charge of good mood while dancing, enough for a week. [15]

Shot from the movie "Chicago"

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Increases self-esteem and leaves the feeling of loneliness

Dancing is social entertainment. Starting classes, you get to know a large number of like-minded people. Regular training not only improves the physical and psychological state, but also helps a person to express himself, remove psychological blocks, and liberate himself. Sometimes, some people are the only way to throw out their emotions.

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