Ba ba ba ba bird flu!
June 15, 2006 4:30 PM   Subscribe

The "Bird flu dance" is "sweeping" Africa. Or at least the Ivory Coast. DJ Lewis created the dance (youtube warning) which was described in the BBC article as being "like a chicken with Parkinson's disease trying to dance to hip-hop". There are examples all over youtube (warning: here be lofi youtube videos).
posted by casconed (17 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
like a chicken with Parkinson's disease trying to dance to hip-hop

Well it's obvious now they've seen me dance and I demand monetary compensation for lifting my moves.
posted by sourwookie at 4:46 PM on June 15, 2006

Do the Funky Chicken
posted by elpapacito at 4:55 PM on June 15, 2006

Hmm, this was in the side bar. Intresting.
posted by delmoi at 4:57 PM on June 15, 2006

Nice. I think I'll put this one to use. Usually I do the St. Vitus Dance.

My best move, though, for when the circle's formed, is the one where my skin falls off in sheets and I lance the big black buboes under my armpits.
posted by mammary16 at 5:27 PM on June 15, 2006

eewww mammary16, gross! lol

A new version of Ring Around the Rosey?
posted by nickyskye at 6:21 PM on June 15, 2006

nickyskye - i thought to mention that but wasn't sure i had my nursery rhymes straight. good call!
posted by casconed at 6:30 PM on June 15, 2006

By the way, "Ring around the Rosey" is almost certainly not about the Black Death.
posted by Ethereal Bligh at 7:00 PM on June 15, 2006

There is also a tribal tradition in Africa of treating illness with dance. In the West too. Some illnesses, Chorea, Athetosis and Ballismus look like funky chicken dancing. aww. :(
posted by nickyskye at 7:30 PM on June 15, 2006

historically, jamaican music hasn't been afraid to riff off popular culture. this ain't surprising, though it may be a bit weird...
posted by gnutron at 9:44 PM on June 15, 2006

I thought I saw a little mashed potato in there. The greatest dance of all time.

I love when dance trends are new. You'll see some older dance steps in there, and a lot of just making shit up. Six months from now, when somebody says "Bird Flu," everybody will be doing exactly the same dance.
posted by Astro Zombie at 10:08 PM on June 15, 2006

From kottke to metafilter in: 10 days.

From metafilter to NPR in: 3 days (prediction).
posted by zpousman at 5:52 AM on June 16, 2006

this is cool.
posted by fungible at 8:20 AM on June 16, 2006

Is standing next to a door part of the dance?
posted by dabitch at 8:49 AM on June 16, 2006

Interesting post, casconed, thanks!
posted by madamjujujive at 11:00 AM on June 16, 2006

Angry at the world, pet birds everywhere are retaliating with the White Guy Dance.
posted by overanxious ducksqueezer at 11:12 AM on June 16, 2006

Those girls sure know how to give it some pasty!
posted by asok at 11:16 AM on June 16, 2006

The last dance craze I remember is the Meatstick.
posted by muckster at 1:27 PM on June 16, 2006

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