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->''" [[Music/DschinghisKhan Moscow, Moscow,]] [[MemeticMutation I-don't-know-the-frickin'-words, I-don't-know-the-frickin'-words,]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uCYeEVhPkXk ah-ha-ha-ha-ha! HEY!]]"''
-->-- '''{{LetsPlay/Chuggaaconroy}}''', LetsPlay ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask''

You know the one the dancers squat down with arms folded and kick. If a HuskyRusskie is celebrating a victory for GloriousMotherRussia, he is 90% likely to be doing this dance.

It's commonly known as the Cossack Dance, but this is one of those cases of mislabeling by foreigners. In Ukraine, "Cossack Dance" or ''Kazatsky'', is another name for the Ukrainian ''Hopak'' stage dance. The squat-and-kick move is properly called ''prisyadka'' (knee-bending) and is just one part of the dance, but [[PopculturalOsmosis it's the only part known to most non-Russians]]. It's one of the more difficult parts of the dance, requiring good balance and substantial leg muscle strength, but of course MotherRussiaMakesYouStrong.

''Kazachok'' is a Ukrainian folk dance sometimes confused with it.

Fun fact: [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Combat_Hopak There is a martial art based on Hopak dancing]].
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* 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 the Cossacks were among the Bolsheviks' most bitter enemies]], at first anyway.)


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* In ''AxisPowersHetalia'', [[NationsAsPeople Russia/Ivan]] mentions this, as well as kicking bullies with it.
* One episode of ''TheLawOfUeki'' has this dance done. With cossack hats.
* In ''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 ''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 ''HauntedJunction''.

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* 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.

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* In ''Film/TheCossacks'', they do this when partying with some Gypsy women after a raid.
* Spoofed as part of the [[EverythingsFunkierWithDisco disco-dance flashback]] scene in ''Film/{{Airplane}}'', in which Ted Stryker [[WireFu defies the laws of physics]].
* ''A Shot In The Dark'', 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]].
* One of the many dances that shows up in ''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.

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* 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.

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* 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 ''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 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 ''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!

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* ''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 DschinghisKhan seems to be associated with this in the minds of many. They never actually perform this at any point in the video, though.

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* 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.

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* 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 ''PunchOut!!'', Soda Popinski does this in one of his win animations.
* Part of the male dwarf dance in ''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 ''{{Tekken}}'' have something like this in their moveset because they are made in Russia.
* The routine for "Rasputin" in ''Just Dance 2'' involves this move. (Not to mention the lyric in the song "But the kasachok he danced really wunderbar".)
* 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 ''RedAlert3'' does it as an IdleAnimation.
* 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 [[MortalKombat Liu Kang]].
* ''In VideoGame/{{Rayman 2}}'', Rayman does this after completing every level.
* ''VideoGame/{{Fable}}'' has this as one of the animations you can make your character do. In the [[VideoGame/FableI first game]], you even get it almost at the start.
* ''[[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 ''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 ''[[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.

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* '' [[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.]]

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

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* 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 honour 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.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Anastasia}}'' during the "Rumor in St. Petersburg" number.
* The Russian puppets in ''Disney/{{Pinocchio}}'' do this.
* Performed by thistles in ''Disney/{{Fantasia}}''.
* 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 the ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' episode "The Wizard of Odd", Doofenschmirtz's guards do this dance during their big number.
* A 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.
* A file photo of [[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons Homer Simpson]] 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 one WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes cartoon, Elmer Fudd is afraid he has Rabbititis, and rushes to see a doctor (who's 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.
** 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 ''[[CensoredEleven Tin Pan Alley Cats]]'' 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 either Ross Perot or his running mate.
* 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/PinkyAndTheBrain'', both mice are subjected to Pavlovian conditioning, and every time a bell rings, Pinky does ThatRussianSquatDance while 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/RiseOfTheGuardians'', North briefly does this across a rooftop before jumping down a chimney to get a tooth.

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