Community "Chicken Dance" closes Grand Rapids-area road

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  • Community "Chicken Dance" held by the Byron Center H.S. student council to raise money for Helen DeVos Children's Hospital.
  • Community "Chicken Dance" held by the Byron Center H.S. student council to raise money for Helen DeVos Children's Hospital.
  • Community "Chicken Dance" held by the Byron Center H.S. student council to raise money for Helen DeVos Children's Hospital.
    

Byron Center, MI (WZZM) - So many people showed up to do the "Chicken Dance" in Byron Center Friday evening that deputies had to briefly close a section of busy 84th St.

"It's crazy," said dancer Devinn Ross.

"It's fun," added Melissa Suchowolec.

The Byron Center High School student council invited everyone to gather at the chicken sculpture next to Jake's Byron Center Hotel on Friday, and participate in a big 15 minute long "Chicken Dance."

It is a way to raise money to help patients at the Helen DeVos Children's Hospital.

"Just kind of give people something to talk about," said student council organizer Zachary DeRade. "To kind of amaze people."

The organizers also figured a lot of people know how to "Chicken Dance" and wouldn't be shy about joining in.

"I practice at weddings," said Melissa Gallup.

"You catch on after awhile," said Grand Simmons, 13.

"We do it at home, we love the 'Chicken Dance'," said Shannon Hibschman, dancing with her young daughters.

The organizers hope to raise $10,000 for the hospital.

The participants say they also got a lot out of being part of it all.

"It's pretty cool." says Suchowolec. "Everybody coming together and dancing around."

"It's good to be like that with your community," agreed Ross.

"We had senior citizens, little kids and everybody in between," said student council advisor Melissa Gallup. "It just makes you laugh and smile."

After the dance the students were still collecting donations while sitting on the Byron Center Chicken.

They call it a 24-hour "Sittn' Chick'n."

They will also donate proceeds from their annual "Mock Rock Talent Show" at the Van Singel Fine Arts Center on April 27 at 7:30 p.m.

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