This style-piece based loosely on the watusi dance popular in the early 1960s is full of major 2nd shifts, repeats to fill out the Intro-AABA-tag form, and staccato work throughout. It’s a perfect retro piece for any 1960s themed recital. The title of the piece can help students with the main right hand rhythm in the A section–plus the title is a shoutout to another famous dance, the Funky Chicken.
Key: B♭ Major
Mood: grooving, rhythmic
Pedagogy: left hand chordal shifts, staccato