That Russian Squat Dance YKTTW Discussion
|That Russian Squat Dance|
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!
- Spoofed as part of the disco-dance flashback scene in Airplane!!, in which Ted Stryker defies the laws of physics.
- A dancer doing this move is killed in one of the Pink Panther movies.
- Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull features some soldiers dancing happily like this in front of a campfire.
- The climax of The Man Who Knew Too Little has the titular character stand in for the lead dancer in one of these.
- Scott Adams mentions "Russian squat-dancing" in one of his books.
- At one point Drew Carey appeared to be about to do some of this, then his back gave out.
- 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.
- 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.
- Fiddler on the Roof during the song "To Life".
- Featured a lot in the Basement Jaxx's music video for "Take Me Back to Your House". Bears get to dance, too.
- 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.
- 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.