Created By: DracMonsterFebruary 3, 2011 Last Edited By: DracMonsterFebruary 5, 2011
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That Russian Squat Dance

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You know the one -- they squat down with arms folded and kick. If a Husky Russkie is celebrating a victory for Glorious Mother Russia, he is 90% likely to be doing this dance.

Ok, ok, actually it's commonly known as Kazatsky, or the Cossack Dance (or "The Russian Dance"), and it is part of the Ukrainian Hopak stage dance. To be exact, the squat-and-kick move is called Preesyadkee (knee-bending) and is just one part of the dance, but it's the only part most non-russians are familiar with. It's one of the more difficult parts of the dance, requiring good balance and foot strength, but of course Mother Russia Makes You Strong.

Kazachok is a Ukrainian folk dance sometimes confused with it.

Fun fact: There is a martial art based on Hopak dancing. Because in Soviet Russia, dance battles YOU!


Examples:

Film

Literature
  • Scott Adams mentions "Russian squat-dancing" in one of his books.

Live Action TV

Musical

Music
  • Featured a lot in the Basement Jaxx's music video for "Take Me Back to Your House". Bears get to dance, too.

Video Games
  • Pictured above is Zangief's ending from Street Fighter II. In Pocket Fighters he has it as one of his special attacks -- he advances while dancing, kicking his opponent further and further back.
  • In Punch Out!!, Soda Popinski does this in one of his win animations.
  • Part of the male dwarf dance in World Of Warcraft. But not the Slavic-accented Draenei, oddly enough.
  • Jack from Tekken has something like this in his moveset.
  • The routine for "Rasputin" in Just Dance 2 involves this move.

Web Original

Western Animation
  • The Footloose episode of Avatar The Last Airbender had a similar dance.
  • The Futurama episode "Freedom Day" opens with Fry walking in on everyone watching Zoidberg doing one of these in honour of the titular holiday. Fry decides to join in to avoid standing out.
  • Anastasia during the "Rumor in St. Petersburg" number.
  • The Russian puppets in Pinocchio do this.
  • Performed by thistles in Fantasia.
  • In the Phineas And Ferb episode "The Wizard of Odd", Doofenschmirtz's guards do this dance during their big number.

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I patterned the name after The Thing That Goes Doink but will include Kazatsky and Cossack Dance as redirects when this goes live.
Community Feedback Replies: 25
  • February 3, 2011
    randomsurfer
    Happy Days: Fonzie won a dance marathon at Arnold's dancing this as a "challenge dance."
  • February 3, 2011
    EponymousKid
    In Punch Out!!, Soda Popinski does this in one of his win animations.
  • February 3, 2011
    JoieDeCombat
    It's featured in the "Rumor in St. Petersburg" number in Anastasia. It's also parodied in a flashback sequence in Airplane!.
  • February 3, 2011
    DracMonster
    Apparently I had the name wrong, kazachok is a different dance -- unless the author didnt do the research. The Kazachok apparently has a somewhat similar looking (but easier to do) kick move.
  • February 3, 2011
    peccantis
    Trepak?
  • February 3, 2011
    NerdaRena
    The Russian puppets in Pinocchio do this.
  • February 3, 2011
    DracMonster
    OK, I think we gots us a trope here, gonna start rolling in updates...

    Trepak is another dance that shares some moves with Hopak. (Dang, just how many dances do the Ukrainians need, anyway?)
  • February 3, 2011
    TonyG
    Performed by thistles on Fantasia.
  • February 3, 2011
    Bisected8
    The Futurama episode "Freedom Day" opens with Fry walking in on everyone watching Zoidberg doing one of these in honour of the titular holiday. Fry decides to join in to avoid standing out.
  • February 3, 2011
    RainyDayNinja
  • February 3, 2011
    DorianMode
    • Drew Carey, at one point appeared to be about to do some of this, then his back gave out.
    • One of the dances in the Footloose episode of Avatar The Last Airbender seemed similar (crouched down, legs kicking out), only, if I recall correctly, faster and with the hands held out back.
    • I'm relatively certain Homer has been seen doing this, not in the show per se but in a wacky file photo on the Kent Brockman News.
  • February 3, 2011
    DracMonster
    Can't find any evidence of the Homer one.
  • February 3, 2011
    Mozgwsloiku
    In Pocket Fighters Zangief has it as one of his special attacks - he advances while dancing, kicking his opponent firther and further back.
  • February 3, 2011
    KTera
    Jack from Tekken has something like this in his moveset.
  • February 3, 2011
    Pickly
  • February 3, 2011
    AFP
    Does anybody else have the theme song from Tetris stuck in their head now?

    I bet you do now.
  • February 4, 2011
    Raso
    World Of Warcraft The dwarfs /Dance emote is this.
  • February 4, 2011
    Koveras
    Featured a lot in the Basement Jaxx's Music Video for "Take Me Back to Your House". Bears get to dance, too.
  • February 4, 2011
    JeddtheJedi
    Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull features some soldiers dancing happily like this in front of a campfire.
  • February 4, 2011
    Tulling
    Parodied on The Muppet Show: pig muppets in cossack costumes dance like this, one of them kicks with both legs at once and hovers in the air for a split second before falling to the floor.
  • February 4, 2011
    foxley
    Doofenschmirtz's gauards do this dance during their big number in the Phineas And Ferb episode "The Wizard of Odd".
  • February 5, 2011
    StarryEyed
    Often involves a character getting caught up in one and being forced to improvise the moves to avoid standing out.

    • The climax of The Man Who Knew Too Little has the titular character stand in for the lead dancer in one of these
    • The Dance of Brotherly Love in The Addams Family is one of these. The fact that Gordon is able to dance it is one of the tip-offs that he is really Fester Addams.
  • February 5, 2011
    randomsurfer
    Happy Days example withdrawn - he was actually doing the Kazatzski.
  • February 5, 2011
    DracMonster
    Actually Kazatsky means "cossack" in russian, but no, hes not doing the "correct" dance.
  • February 5, 2011
    henke37

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