" Moscow, Moscow, I-don't-know-the-frickin'-words, I-don't-know-the-frickin'-words, ah-ha-ha-ha-ha! HEY!"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 Husky Russkie is celebrating a victory for Glorious Mother Russia, 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 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 . The squat-and-kick move is properly called prisyadka (knee-bending) and is just one part of the Hopak dance, but 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 Mother Russia Makes You Strong. In fact, there is an entire martial art based on Hopak dancing called 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 ''halling''.
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- The now-infamous "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 ignored the fact that the Cossacks had numbered among the Bolsheviks' bitterest enemies, at least until they were completely crushed by the Red Army).
Anime and Manga
- In Axis Powers Hetalia, Russia/Ivan mentions this, as well as kicking bullies with it.
- One episode of The Law of Ueki has this dance done. With cossack hats. As a condition for battling participants to breathe in a special oxygen-deprived environment.
- In Soul Eater Tsar Pushka's meister utilised it as a martial art - with some break dancing thrown into the mix.
- In Pokémon Black and White Cilan and Pansage start doing this during the events of A Maractus Musical!
- Done by Warsman in one 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 Girls und Panzer
- In From Eroica with Love, KGB agent Mischa the Cub is stated to be an excellent Cossack dancer.
- This is the signature dance of Bones Suzuki and Haruo Sato in Haunted Junction.
- An issue of Topolino, the Italian Mickey Mouse comic book, had Fethry Duck literally kicking Donald Duck's ass this way, as seen on the cover.
- 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 Savage wielding a double-barrelled shotgun in the first episode of the 2000 AD story 'Invasion!'.
Film — Animated
- Anastasia during the "Rumor in St. Petersburg" number.
- The Russian puppets in Pinocchio do this.
- Performed by thistles in Fantasia during the Nutcracker Suite segment. No points for guessing which part they appear in.
- Boris the Russian goose performs one in Balto (complete with accompanying yells of "HEY!") in an attempt to cheer Balto up. For some reason, it doesn't work.
- In Rise of the Guardians, North briefly does this across a rooftop before jumping down a chimney to get a tooth.
- In Return To Never Land, Smee does the dance on Captain Hook's back while giving him a massage.
- In Allegro non Troppo there's a moment in which the animator and a costumed ape do this dance on the floor.
Film — Live Action
- Elf: Buddy, drunk in the mail room (having mistaken alcohol for syrup), entertains the workers by doing this dance on a table.
- In The Cossacks, they do this when partying with some Gypsy women after a raid.
- Spoofed as part of the disco-dance flashback scene in Airplane!, in which Ted Stryker defies the laws of physics.
- A Shot in the Dark, one of the films in The Pink Panther 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 poisoned vodka.
- 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.
- Simon is doing the Cossack Dance in the music video of "Christmas Don't be Late" in the film Alvin and the Chipmunks.
- The Mask - Stanley easily dodges a hail of bullets, transforming into a matador, a Cossack, Vegas Elvis, and a movie cowboy.
- The Mamushka 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 (albeit with amnesia until almost the end of the movie), rather than a Body Double taking his place..
- One of the many dances that shows up in Bedknobs and Broomsticks during the musical number "Portobello Road."
- The Three Stooges 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 Leningrad Cowboys miserably fail to dance like this at a campfire in Leningrad Cowboys Go America. And they're supposed to be Russians.
- Seen in 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 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 Earth, although he does not bust out the squat move.
- In 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 Mission to Moscow and wishes that she could learn now to dance like that.
- The Human Comedy 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.
- The Mysterious Lady: Performed, presumably by peasant entertainers, at the fancy ball thrown for Tania, in pre-World War I Russian Poland.
- Anna Karenina: 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 Down on the Farm story.
- A rare female example: Tib in Betsy-Tacy is mentioned as being able to do this dance, using it as the grand finale of her show dance.
- Firebird (Lackey) has Ilya use this as a form of exercise (since he's currently playing The Fool 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 Carrie and falls on his ass.
- In The Dilbert Principle, Scott Adams 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. But they should call it "squat dancing."
Live Action TV
- At one point, 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 Whose Line Is It Anyway?.
- 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.
- Three Sheets 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.
- Battle Fever J, the third Super Sentai series, had each team member representing a different country and performing a national dance; no points for guessing what Battle Cossack's dance was.
- Happy Days 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 The Amazing Race 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 Hogan's Heroes 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?
- So You Think You Can Dance: 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 The Man from U.N.C.L.E. entitled "The Yukon Affair".
- Mr. Chekov performs this dance in ''I Mudd''
- Fiddler on the Roof during the song "To Life".
- A bit of this shows up in the choreography for "The Soviet Machine" in the London production of Chess.
- Act 2 of Riverdance features an elaborate (and awesome) Russian dance number. It starts with Hopek-style dancing and turns it Up to Eleven.
- Moskau by German band Dschinghis Khan seems to be associated with this in the minds of many. They never actually perform this at any point in the video, though.
- The Farndale Avenue 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.
- Featured a lot in the Basement Jaxx's music video for "Take Me Back to Your House". Bears get to dance, too.
- The music video for the song Energia by Russkaja features this every time the chorus plays.
- On Shirim's Klezmer reimagining of The Nutcracker, "The Russian Dance" is appropriately renamed "Kozatsky 'Till You Dropsky."
- Gomez and Uncle Fester do this in The Addams Family during The Mamushka, and throw their hands and feet every time a target is hit.
- Alex Koslov dons his hat before doing the squat dance to the head of an opponent in the "victim" position.
- The "It's a Small World" ride at Disney Land has a Russian puppet doing the squat dance.
- Pictured above is Zangief's ending from Street Fighter II, where Mikhail Gorbachev arrives to congratulate him* . In Pocket Fighters he has it as one of his special attacks — he advances while dancing, kicking his opponent further and further back.
- In Street Fighter IV, when you get to the rival battle as El Fuerte, Zangief does this while introducing himself.
- 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. They dance to "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.
- Beowulf from Skullgirls uses this dance as an attack, while standing on a chair, no less.
- In The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask, a mask can be used to make ReDeads dance in this fashion. Also, the final boss may randomly do this when you fight it.
- The Soviet Conscript from Red Alert 3 does it as an Idle Animation.
- Might Guy's Leaf Style Youth Exercise in Naruto Ultimate Ninja Storm 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 Duke Nukem 3D allow Duke to use both the off hand "Mighty Foot" (kick with left foot) and Emergency Weapon kick (kick with right foot) at the same time. Fans tend to see it as Duke either doing this trope, or imitating Liu Kang.
- In Rayman 2, Rayman does this after completing every level.
- Fable has this as one of the "expression" animations you can make your character do.
- Russian Dancing Men is a rhythm game for iPhone & iPad based on the flash music vid below.
- In the second game in the Destroy All Humans! series, while Crypto is in Tunguska, the locals will usually do this kind of dance whenever they are under his Free Love spell.
- In Devil Summoner: Raidou Kuzunoha vs. The Soulless Army, Rasputin does this dance at the start of the boss battle against him.
- In Super Hero Squad Online, this is Colossus's dance animation. Naturaliski.
- Dampierre from the Soul Series has this as one of his kick combos. It can be devastating if timed properly, but hilarious if you fail.
- Team Fortress 2 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 this video shows.
- Rash can do this in Killer Instinct, but since he can morph his feet into giant spiked boots, it becomes a lot more painful for his opponents.
- When Just Dance 2 included Boney M's Rasputin in its repertory, it logically snuck some bits of cossack dancing in the sketch itself.
- 2014's version of YMCA reused the same dancer and also had him cossack dance in his solo bit.
- One Piece: Pirate Warriors: Buggy does the dance before activating his first Limit Break, Bara Bara Festival.
- Viktor from Paladins is an old Russian soldier who naturally has the cossack dance as one of his taunts.
- Epic Rap Battles of History: Rasputin vs. Stalin has them doing this after the battle. Along with Lenin, Gorbachev, and Putin.
- The Footloose episode of Avatar: The Last Airbender had a similar dance.
- The 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!"
- Later, a bunch of Uncle Sams on stilts are seen doing the dance.
- In the Phineas and Ferb episode "The Wizard of Odd", Doofenschmirtz's guards do this dance during their big number.
- A Woody Woodpecker 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 The Simpsons, 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 Looney Tunes 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, The Big Snooze, Bugs tells him to "Run this way!" to escape. This includes: doing a 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 Tin Pan Alley Cats has a scene of Josef Stalin kicking Adolf Hitler's butt doing the dance, with Hitler replacing "Hey!" with "Heil!".
- Done in The Critic by 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 Animaniacs, in an episode of The Mask.
- In an episode of Animaniacs, Pinky and the Brain are subjected to Pavlovian conditioning. Every time a bell rings, Pinky does That Russian Squat Dance, while every time a gong is sounded Brain sings "I'm A Little Teapot" complete with actions.
- In the 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 Oggy and the Cockroaches, this is the cockroaches' victory dance.
- In Wonder Pets 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 Silly Symphonies version of The Grasshopper and the Ants, the grasshopper and a young ant do this dance a few times to the former's fiddle.
- In The Amazing World of Gumball, 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 Cold Opening to the Batman: The Brave and the Bold 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 Count Duckula 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