The Hokey Pokey IS What It's All About

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"Shake It" and you could be in a music video on national TV.

Didn’t make the cut for American Idol? Home movies never made it on America’s Funniest Home Videos? Never fear, there’s still hope for your fifteen minutes of fame if you can “shake it all about.”

Popular family recording artist Buck Howdy has launched a contest to find the most entertaining Hokey Pokey dance moves. All you need is a camcorder - and no pride. Ultimately the hokiest, the pokiest and okey dokiest performances will be combined to make the zaniest collaborative music video ever.

Buck says, “The Hokey Pokey is a great equalizer. It requires absolutely no dancing talent. Even I can do it. Better yet, you can do it standing, sitting or flat on your back. Try that with the Chicken Dance or the Macarena.”

Howdy, whose Emmy Award winning videos are staples on the Noggin Television Network (Nickelodeon) expects the contest will draw some unusual entries. “My kids are already trying to teach their pets to do the Hokey Pokey. I’m kind of hoping someone submits a video of a celebrity doing it – maybe Oprah or Simon Cowell. Better yet, Oprah with Simon Cowell. But, no matter what, it’s going to be a hoot to poke through the entries and see what wild ideas and performances folks come up with.”

The finalists' footwork will be displayed at and the public will help decide which clips should be combined with Howdy’s performance for the version which will be televised.

Details, entry forms and Howdy’s recording of the Hokey Pokey can be

downloaded at

Prizes include a free Buck Howdy concert; a video iPod loaded with Buck

Howdy videos and music; autographed DVDs of the Hokey Pokey video; and for the worst entry – a fresh cow pie from Buck’s farm. Entries must be

postmarked by November 3, 2006.

Completed entry form and video on VHS, Mini-DV (preferred) or DVD should be sent to: Buck Howdy Video Contest, P.O. Box 28700, San Diego, CA 92198

About The Hokey Pokey:

The popular song seems like it’s always been about. Some scholars date the dance and its lyrics to 17th Century Britain, where it was known as the "hokey cokey." During World War II, the Hokey Cokey was a popular dance with American servicemen and Britons but it invaded the U.S. as the "Hokey Pokey" when bandleader Ray Anthony recorded it as the flip side to another popular novelty dance, "The Bunny Hop." And that’s what it’s all about.

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