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That Russian Squat Dance
(permanent link) added: 2011-02-03 09:48:15 sponsor: DracMonster (last reply: 2011-02-05 16:09:35)

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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!



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

Live-Action TV


  • 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.

Rolling Updates, No Launching Please

I patterned the name after The Thing That Goes Doink but will include Kazatsky and Cossack Dance as redirects when this goes live.
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