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[[caption-width-right:275:A vital survival skill in the training of all [[UsefulNotes/MoscowCentre KGB]] agents.]]

->''" Moscow, Moscow, I-don't-know-the-frickin'-words, I-don't-know-the-frickin'-words, ah-ha-ha-ha-ha! HEY!"''
-->-- '''LetsPlay/{{Chuggaaconroy}}''', LetsPlay ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask''

You know the one the dancers squat down with their arms folded and kick high alternating both legs, sometimes intercalating more squats up and down between flurries of kicks. If a HuskyRusskie is celebrating a victory for GloriousMotherRussia, he is 90% likely to be doing this dance.

This trope's name is one of those cases of mislabeling by foreigners. For instance, its origin is actually Ukrainian and not Russian, and it's not commonly called "Cossack Dance" or some derivate; while it does receive occasionally the names of ''Kazotsky'' or ''Kazatsky'', which mean just that, the true name of this stage dance is ''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hopak Hopak]]''. Similarly, it get sometimes referred as the ''Kazachok'' or ''Kozachok'' ("Little Cossack"), but this is a completely different folk dance that also comes from Ukraine.

The dance is commonly depicted with dancers barking "Hey! Hey! Hey!" while squatting, which is another point of mixing things up and thinking that all Russians say "Hey!" while dancing not just like this, but in any other style. Again, this stems from Ukrainian language, since Russian language ''does not even have'' the soft "h" sound. On occasions, it can be substituted with "Hop! Hop!"[[note]]If actual Russians are dancing, they would shout "Op! Op!" without any h's[[/note]].

The squat-and-kick move is properly called ''prisyadka'' (knee-bending) and is just one part of the ''Hopak'' dance, but [[PopCulturalOsmosis it's the only part known to most non-Russians]] due to its inherently funny looks and need for athleticism in order to accomplish. It's indeed one of the more difficult parts of the dance, requiring good balance and substantial leg muscle strength, but of course MotherRussiaMakesYouStrong. In fact, there is an entire martial art based on Hopak dancing called [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Combat_Hopak Combat Hopak]].

Despite what is stated above about its origins, ''Norwegians'' pride themselves by stating that Russian folklore actually learned this from them. The "squat" is essential in the Norwegian male dance [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AsSgANUfnQQ ''halling'']].



[[folder: Advertising ]]

* The now-infamous "[[http://www.nzhistory.net.nz/media/video/dancing-cossacks Dancing Cossacks]]" New Zealand National Party television advert from the 1975 general election campaign featured a line of Russians squat dancing across the screen. The party was trying to imply the ruling Labour Party's compulsory superannuation scheme would lead to Soviet-style communism (they handily [[CriticalResearchFailure ignored the fact that]] [[UsefulNotes/RedOctober the Cossacks had numbered among the Bolsheviks' bitterest enemies]], at least until they were completely crushed by [[UsefulNotes/RedsWithRockets the Red Army]]).


[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* In ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'', [[NationsAsPeople Russia/Ivan]] mentions this, as well as kicking bullies with it.
* One episode of ''Manga/TheLawOfUeki'' has this dance done. With cossack hats. [[ItMakesSenseinContext As a condition for battling participants to breathe in a special oxygen-deprived environment.]]
* In ''Manga/SoulEater'' Tsar Pushka's meister utilised it as a martial art - with some break dancing thrown into the mix.
* In ''VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite'' Cilan and Pansage start doing this during the events of ''A Maractus Musical!''
* Done by Warsman in one ''Manga/{{Kinnikuman}}'' filler. Even stranger, he does it while ''wrestling someone''.
* The girls of Pravda Engineering High School do it around a campfire in Episode 9 of ''Anime/GirlsUndPanzer''
* In ''Manga/FromEroicaWithLove'', KGB agent Mischa the Cub is stated to be an excellent Cossack dancer.
* This is the signature dance of [[ThoseTwoGuys Bones Suzuki and Haruo Sato]] in ''Manga/HauntedJunction''.


[[folder: Comics ]]

* An issue of ''Topolino'', the Italian WesternAnimation/MickeyMouse comic book, had [[CloudCuckoolander Fethry Duck]] [[LiteralAssKicking literally kicking]] DonaldDuck's ass this way, [[http://www.comicvine.com/topolino-/37-197070/all-images/108-348644/it_tl_2450a_001/105-1126783/ as seen on the cover.]]
* ComicStrip/{{Nero}}: Nero does this dance when surrounded by Russian soldiers in ''Het Vredesoffensief van Nero'' ("The Peace Initiative of Nero") to make them believe he is one of them. He, of course, fails and the guards want to take him in. Nero then asks them if they can do it better, whereupon all soldiers start doing the dance. Nero then pushes everybody down to the floor and runs away.
* A jubilant member of a Volgan tank crew is doing this in an East End pub when he is interrupted by Bill ComicBook/{{Savage}} wielding a double-barrelled shotgun in the first episode of the ''ComicBook/TwoThousandAD'' story 'Invasion!'.


[[folder: Film -- Animated ]]

* ''WesternAnimation/{{Anastasia}}'' during the "Rumor in St. Petersburg" number.
* The Russian puppets in ''Disney/{{Pinocchio}}'' do this.
* Performed by thistles in ''Disney/{{Fantasia}}'' during Theatre/{{the Nutcracker}} Suite segment. No points for guessing which part they appear in.
* Boris the Russian goose performs one in ''WesternAnimation/{{Balto}}'' (complete with accompanying yells of "''HEY!''") in an attempt to cheer Balto up. [[CrowningMomentofFunny For some reason]], it doesn't work.
* In ''WesternAnimation/RiseOfTheGuardians'', North briefly does this across a rooftop before jumping down a chimney to get a tooth.
* In ''Disney/ReturnToNeverLand'', Smee does the dance on Captain Hook's back while giving him a massage.
* In ''WesternAnimation/AllegroNonTroppo'' there's a moment in which the animator and a costumed ape do this dance on the floor.


[[folder: Film -- Live Action ]]

* ''Film/{{Elf}}'': Buddy, drunk in the mail room (having mistaken alcohol for syrup), entertains the workers by doing this dance on a table.
* In ''Film/TheCossacks'', they do this when partying with some Gypsy women after a raid.
* Spoofed as part of the [[GratuitousDiscoSequence disco-dance flashback]] scene in ''Film/{{Airplane}}'', in which Ted Stryker [[WireFu defies the laws of physics]].
* ''Film/AShotInTheDark'', one of the films in ''Franchise/ThePinkPanther'' series, Clouseau is coaxed into joining in a troupe of dancers - and promptly rips his trousers. In the same film, a dancer doing this move is killed after drinking [[spoiler:poisoned vodka]].
* ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheKingdomOfTheCrystalSkull'' features some soldiers dancing happily like this in front of a campfire.
* The climax of ''Film/TheManWhoKnewTooLittle'' has the titular character stand in for the lead dancer in one of these.
* Simon is doing the Cossack Dance in the music video of "Christmas Don't be Late" in the film ''Film/AlvinAndTheChipmunks''.
* ''Film/TheMask'' - Stanley easily dodges a hail of bullets, transforming into a matador, a Cossack, Vegas Elvis, and a movie cowboy.
* The Mamushka in ''Series/TheAddamsFamily'' is one of these. The fact that Gordon is able to dance it is one of the tip-offs that [[spoiler:he is really Fester Addams (albeit with amnesia until almost the end of the movie), rather than a BodyDouble taking his place.]].
* One of the many dances that shows up in ''Film/BedknobsAndBroomsticks'' during the musical number "Portobello Road."
* Film/TheThreeStooges had a famous running gag involving this, wherein somebody would hurt their foot or otherwise hop around in pain rhythmically. The Stooges would then begin clapping in rhythm and take up the dance with multiple variations and vaguely Russian chanting.
* The Music/LeningradCowboys miserably fail to dance like this at a campfire in ''Leningrad Cowboys Go America''. And they're supposed to be Russians.
* Seen in ''Film/{{October}}'' when the Bolshevik operatives infiltrate the army of monarchist Gen. Kornilov and make friends. This results in the failure of Kornilov's coup attempt.
* In ''Film/{{Patton}}'', Russian soldiers do this at a party after Third Army has linked up with the Soviets at the end of the war. Patton, who hates the Russians, is not impressed.
* Vasyl does the ''hopak'' dance in ''Film/{{Earth}}'', although he does not bust out the squat move.
* In ''{{Film/Downfall}}'', a few Soviet soldiers can be seen doing this as they celebrate their victory in Berlin.
* U.S. Ambassador Joseph Davies' daughter sees some Russians doing this at an outdoor party in ''Film/MissionToMoscow'' and wishes that she could learn now to dance like that.
* ''Film/TheHumanComedy'' includes an approximately ten-second glimpse of some Russians when Tom and Diana observe the various ethnic communities celebrating at a town festival. Naturally, the Russians do this dance.
* ''Film/TheMysteriousLady'': Performed, presumably by peasant entertainers, at the fancy ball thrown for Tania, in pre-UsefulNotes/WorldWarI Russian Poland.
* ''Film/{{Anna Karenina|1935}}'': They even do it at the opera, or at least they do it at the opera that Anna and Vronsky go to see, which is apparently some sort of DownOnTheFarm story.

[[folder: Literature ]]

* A rare female example: Tib in ''Literature/BetsyTacy'' is mentioned as being able to do this dance, using it as the grand finale of her show dance.
* ''Literature/FirebirdLackey'' has Ilya use this as a form of exercise (since he's currently playing TheFool he can't do normal version of keeping in shape) and the narration makes a point of mentioning all the various moves part of it, not just the squatting.
* Tommy's friend attempts it in the novel version of ''Literature/{{Carrie}}'' and falls on his ass.
* In TheDilbertPrinciple, ScottAdams mentions "Russian squat dancing," and calls it by that name. In a footnote, he says, "Yes, I know there must be a different name for it. [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin But they should call it "squat dancing."]]


[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* At one point, [[Series/TheDrewCareyShow Drew Carey]] appeared to be about to do some of this, then his back gave out.
** Drew Carey appears to know the entirety of the dance in real life, having pulled it off on ''Series/WhoseLineIsItAnyway''.
* Parodied on ''Series/TheMuppetShow'': Pig Muppets in cossack costumes dance like this, one of them kicks with both legs at once and [[GravityIsAHarshMistress hovers in the air for a split second before falling to the floor]].
* ''Series/ThreeSheets'' included host Zane Lamprey asking a Russian about the dance in the Moscow episode. The Russian explained that they didn't dance like that... but that he knew how to, from watching American movies.
* ''Series/BattleFeverJ'', the third ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' series, had each team member representing a different country and performing a national dance; no points for guessing what Battle Cossack's dance was.
* ''Series/HappyDays'' had an episode with a dance marathon, with Fonzie throwing this out as a challenge dance at the end, allowing he and his partner, Joanie, to win.
* One season of ''Series/TheAmazingRace'' had the contestants doing this as part of a Detour. MANY of the contestants, both male and female opted to do this, although not without some pain (or trouser splits!)
* Mocked in an episode of ''Series/HogansHeroes'' after Schultz says he'll be sent to the Russian front if Colonel Klink ever does a thorough roll-call and discovers one of Hogan's men is missing.
-->'''Colonel Hogan''': (sarcastically) Don't tell me you're afraid of a bunch of guys who dance sitting down?
* ''Series/SoYouThinkYouCanDance: Part'' of the Russian Folk Dance on the season one of its performers (one Jeanine Mason) would go on to win. KALINKA!
* Russian spy Illya Kuryakin did this briefly in the second-season episode of [[{{Series/TheManFromUNCLE}} The Man from U.N.C.L.E.]] entitled "The Yukon Affair".
* Mr. Chekov performs this dance in [[StarTrek ''I Mudd'']]


[[folder: Musical ]]

* ''Theatre/FiddlerOnTheRoof'' during the song "To Life".
* A bit of this shows up in the choreography for "The Soviet Machine" in the London production of ''Theatre/{{Chess}}''.
* Act 2 of ''Theatre/{{Riverdance}}'' features an elaborate (and awesome) Russian dance number. It starts with Hopek-style dancing and turns it UpToEleven.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BQAKRw6mToA Moskau]] by German band Music/DschinghisKhan seems to be associated with this in the minds of many. They never actually perform this at any point in the video, though.
* ''The Theatre/FarndaleAvenue Housing Estate Townswomen's Guild Operatic Society Production of The Mikado'' includes a musical number that cycles rapidly through several national styles, in which the Russian segment features a group of ladies performing the Russian squat dance with the aid of chairs the same color as the backdrop.


[[folder: Music ]]

* Featured a lot in the Basement Jaxx's music video for "Take Me Back to Your House". {{Bears|AreBadNews}} get to dance, too.
* The music video for the song [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BVWfqOSdzs4 Energia by Russkaja]] features this every time the chorus plays.
* On Shirim's Klezmer reimagining of ''Theater/TheNutcracker'', "The Russian Dance" is appropriately renamed "Kozatsky 'Till You Dropsky."


[[folder: Pinball ]]

* Gomez and Uncle Fester do this in ''Pinball/TheAddamsFamily'' during The Mamushka, and throw their hands and feet every time a target is hit.


[[folder: Professional Wrestling ]]

* Alex Koslov dons his hat before doing the squat dance to the head of an opponent in the "victim" position.


[[folder: Theme Parks ]]

* The "It's a Small World" ride at [[Ride/DisneyThemeParks Disney Land]] has a Russian puppet doing the squat dance.


[[folder: Video Games ]]

* Pictured above is Zangief's ending from ''VideoGame/StreetFighterII'', where UsefulNotes/MikhailGorbachev arrives to congratulate him[[labelnote:*]]See? No more scenes like that. ''That's'' WhyWeAreBummedCommunismFell[[/labelnote]]. In ''Pocket Fighters'' he has it as one of his special attacks -- he advances while dancing, kicking his opponent further and further back.
** In ''VideoGame/StreetFighterIV'', when you get to the rival battle as El Fuerte, Zangief does this while introducing himself.
* In ''VideoGame/PunchOut'', Soda Popinski does this in one of his win animations.
* Part of the male dwarf dance in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft''. But not the Slavic-accented Draenei, oddly enough. They dance to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oMs6oWDoQrY "Tunak Tunak Tun"]], which is ''Indian''. Perhaps because the squat dance would be anatomically difficult with the draenei's goat-like legs.
* The Jack series of robots from ''VideoGame/{{Tekken}}'' have something like this in their moveset because they are made in Russia.
* Beowulf from ''Skullgirls'' uses this dance as an attack, while standing on a chair, no less.
* In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask'', a mask can be used to make [[TheDeadCanDance ReDeads]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g5UuzFsfjHY dance in this fashion]]. Also, the final boss may randomly do this when you fight it.
* The Soviet Conscript from ''VideoGame/RedAlert3'' does it as an IdleAnimation.
* Might Guy's Leaf Style Youth Exercise in ''VideoGame/NarutoUltimateNinjaStorm'' has this dance as a punishment if Guy cannot do 100 pushups in 5 seconds. He does these pushups while headbutting his opponent's stomach, and if you fail the QTE mashing, Guy will only manage to do 99, will start crying waterfall tears, and does the dance in retreat. He remains in this dance for a bit after the move, leaving him open for hitting.
* Unpatched copies and the shareware demo of ''VideoGame/DukeNukem3D'' allow Duke to use both [[QuickMelee the off hand "Mighty Foot" (kick with left foot)]] and EmergencyWeapon kick (kick with right foot) [[GoodBadBugs at the same time]]. Fans tend to see it as Duke either doing this trope, or imitating [[Franchise/MortalKombat Liu Kang]].
* ''In VideoGame/{{Rayman 2}}'', Rayman does this after completing every level.
* ''VideoGame/{{Fable}}'' has this as one of the "expression" animations you can make your character do.
* ''[[http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/russian-dancing-men/id456697773?mt=8 Russian Dancing Men]]'' is a rhythm game for iPhone & iPad based on the flash music vid below.
* In the second game in the ''VideoGame/DestroyAllHumans'' series, while Crypto is in Tunguska, the locals will usually do this kind of dance whenever they are under his Free Love spell.
* In ''[[VideoGame/RaidouKuzunohaVsTheSoullessArmy Devil Summoner: Raidou Kuzunoha vs. The Soulless Army]]'', Rasputin does this dance at the start of the boss battle against him.
* In ''Videogame/SuperHeroSquadOnline'', this is Colossus's dance animation. Naturaliski.
* Dampierre from the ''VideoGame/SoulSeries'' has this as one of his kick combos. It can be devastating if timed properly, but hilarious if you fail.
* ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' added it as a taunt as part of the Gun Mettle Update with the name "Kazotzky Kick". If one person starts doing it, then anyone nearby can hit the taunt button to follow suit. The best part is that you can still move around (albeit slowly) while doing it, meaning that it's actually possible to capture the intelligence while doing it just to humiliate the other team, as [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=94K3A3f9l4E this video shows.]]
* [[VideoGame/{{Battletoads}} Rash]] can do this in ''VideoGame/KillerInstinct'', but since he can morph his feet into giant spiked boots, it becomes [[DanceBattler a lot more painful]] for his opponents.
* When ''VideoGame/JustDance 2'' included Boney M's ''Rasputin'' in its repertory, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WK4MWT9H1wE it logically snuck]] some bits of cossack dancing in the sketch itself.
** 2014's version of [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0SG16_kWpe0 YMCA]] reused the same dancer and also had him cossack dance in his solo bit.
* ''VideoGame/OnePiecePirateWarriors'': Buggy does the dance before activating his first LimitBreak, Bara Bara Festival.
* Viktor from ''VideoGame/{{Paladins}}'' is an old Russian soldier who naturally has the cossack dance as one of his taunts.


[[folder: Web Original ]]

* '' [[WebAnimation/RussianDancingMen Russian]] [[http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/560124 Dancing Men]]'', which spawned the game.
* Someone kindly put a Music/RunDMC song [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KoQb8vb4blA over footage of one of these.]]


[[folder: Web Video ]]

* ''WebVideo/EpicRapBattlesOfHistory'': Rasputin vs. Stalin has them doing this after the battle. [[spoiler:Along with Lenin, Gorbachev, and Putin.]]


[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* The ''Film/{{Footloose}}'' episode of ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' had a similar dance.
* The ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' episode "A Taste of Freedom" opens with Fry walking in on everyone watching Zoidberg doing one of these in honor of the "Freedom Day" holiday. Fry decides to join in to avoid standing out. Subverts the traditional association with Communist Mother Russia with the chanted lyrics "freedom, freedom, freedom, OY!"
** [[BrickJoke Later]], a bunch of Uncle Sams on stilts are seen doing the dance.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' episode "The Wizard of Odd", Doofenschmirtz's guards do this dance during their big number.
* A WesternAnimation/WoodyWoodpecker short where Woody disguises himself as a Russian visitor takes advantage of this dance to position himself to literally kick Wally Walrus in the butt but good.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', a file photo of Homer doing this comes back to haunt him when he's accused of being a Communist after heading into Russian waters with a nuclear submarine.
* In the WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes cartoon ''Hare Tonic'', Elmer Fudd is afraid he has Rabbititis, and rushes to see a doctor, who is Bugs Bunny in disguise. Bugs tests Elmer Fudd's reflexes by alternately hitting each knee with a rubber mallet, and alternates between each knee faster and faster until Elmer is doing this dance. Bugs soon joins him, giving away his disguise in the process.
-->'''Elmer:''' HEY! You're no doctor, you're that scwewy wabbit!
** In another Elmer Fudd cartoon, ''WesternAnimation/TheBigSnooze'', Bugs tells him to "[[WalkThisWay Run this way]]!" to escape. This includes: doing a [[SillyWalk silly run]], running upside-down, hopping like a frog, running upside-down again, yelling "Hey!", doing this dance, and yelling "Hey!" again before repeating.
** The short ''WesternAnimation/TinPanAlleyCats'' has a scene of UsefulNotes/JosefStalin kicking UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler's butt doing the dance, with Hitler replacing "Hey!" with "Heil!".
* Done in ''WesternAnimation/TheCritic'' by [[CloudCuckooLander Franklin]] during a square dance with Ross Perot's running mate James Stockdale.
* This one of the Goofalototots' main shticks, the one that is based off Wakko from ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'', in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheMask''.
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'', Pinky and the Brain are subjected to Pavlovian conditioning. Every time a bell rings, Pinky does ThatRussianSquatDance, while every time a gong is sounded Brain sings "I'm A Little Teapot" complete with actions.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Dilbert}}'' episode "The Dupey", after Dilbert's Dupey goes through its metamorphosis and becomes an ugly creature, Ratbert declares himself the cutest thing in the house again and does this dance.
* In ''WesternAnimation/OggyAndTheCockroaches'', this is the cockroaches' victory dance.
* In ''WesternAnimation/WonderPets'' episode "Save the Nutcracker", the dance is called The Bear Dance. The Mouse King does it as he makes off with the Wonder Pets' nutcracker, and the Wonder Pets follow suit as they give chase. The Mouse King's guards do the dance while they try to stop the Wonder Pets, who dance right past them.
* In the Disney ''WesternAnimation/SillySymphonies'' version of ''Literature/TheGrasshopperAndTheAnts'', the grasshopper and a young ant do this dance a few times to the former's fiddle.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'', Gumball attempts to do this in the episode "The Bros," but his torso's too short and ends up kicking himself in the face repeatedly. (Alternatively, he's stretching his legs long enough to hit his own face.)
* The ColdOpening to the ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'' episode "Powerless" featured a battle between the "Batmen of All Nations" and the "Jokers of All Nations". One of the Jokers in question was a Cossack Joker, so of course his contribution to the fight was kicking at one of the Batmen in this manner.
* The intro of ''WesternAnimation/CountDuckula'' has the eponymous character doing this dance while playing a harmonica.
--> Moscow, Moscow, throw your glasses at the wall, and good fortune to us all, ho-ho-ho-ho-ho, hey!\\
Moscow, Moscow, join us for a kazachok, we'll go dancing round the clock, ha-ha-ha-ha-ha, hey!\\
Moscow, Moscow, drinking vodka all night long, keeps you happy, makes you strong, ho-ho-ho-ho-ho, hey!\\
Moscow, Moscow, come and have a drink and then, you will never leave again, ha-ha-ha-ha-ha! Hey!
--->--Rocking Son: ''Moscow''