This Absolutely Bananas Russian Dance-Off Will Make You Feel Like A Subpar Wedding Guest
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This Absolutely Bananas Russian Dance-Off Will Make You Feel Like A Subpar Wedding Guest

By Joanna Robinson | Videos | August 28, 2013 | Comments ()

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You’ll be forgiven if when I say Russian Wedding Dance-Off, you think of this:

But you’d be wrong. This isn’t Tevye’s Russia. This here is some legit fancy dancing. You’ll have to get through a little slavic hyping before you get to the moves themselves, but they’re worth the wait.

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  • Slash

    Breakdancing Russians ... the internet delivers once again.

  • Because in Mother Russia, it is always 1984.

  • APOCooter

    I love how half the world is stuck in the American 80's.

    On a side note, we're totally doing our weddings wrong.

  • BWeaves

    This would be even better if it was Russian dashboard cam.

  • Nadine

    Nobody move, IT LET ME SIGN IN

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  • Nadine

    I can't even log back in properly to update; it immediately logged me back out again.

  • lowercase_ryan

    wait, do I downvote that?

  • Nadine

    I don't even know any more. I just want to comment on here, so bad, and I can't even do it properly so I can reply to things. I'm living an old fashioned pajiba life, stalking the comment threads to see if someone replied to me.

    Fuuuuuuuck yooooou disquuuuuuuuuuuusssssssss

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    THIS is what your first thought supposed to be? You shitting me. Are you by any chance confusing "Russia" with "Jews"?

  • koko temur

    THIS is what your first thought supposed to be? You shitting me. Are you by any chance confusing "Russia" with "Jews"?

  • Sara_Tonin00

    simmer down a little. For one thing, the dance-off in Fiddler does involve Russians, and for another, it takes place *in* Russia. Which makes "Russian" an appropriate modifier of the dancing-off, as signifying place.

    I think the dancing in Anatevka is pretty fancy pants though

    These guys are pretty good - I like the aerial moves. It's not that different from what I see on the subway on an almost-daily basis though.

  • koko temur

    Oh Sara, with your knowledge of fancy churches in iceland, i expect so much more of you. The jews in fiddler and in real life russia lived in isolated and frequently literally fenced off communities, so it would be easier to murder and rape them when the mood striked right. You know, like they trying to do now with gay people? It had absolutely no relation, not the slightliest even, to the outside russian culture, dancing or food or whatever. Seriously, americans, wtf.

    But yes, great dancing.

  • wojtek

    Well this was informative

  • Sara_Tonin00

    I think I'm standing by my statement. I know about the pogroms. But Fiddler takes place in Russia. It's not debatable. The shtetls weren't Vatican City. A key part is Tevye's relationship with the Russians who live all around them. In the wedding scene, the Russians join them in dancing. Sure, maybe JRo could've posted gifs of the Russians doing their squat kicks instead of the bottle dance, but in the light-hearted way in which she posted, she wasn't wrong.

    Is there some other cinematic Russian dance off that would come to anyone else's mind first (or at all)?

    Btw, not looking to provoke, but you consider "Russian" and "Jew" mutually exclusive? Even minus full rights, even as an oppressed minority - how long would a Jewish family need to live in Russia to be considered Russian?

  • Neither a Jew nor a Russian, but I've been watching Fiddler since I was 4. And apropos to nothing in your discussion, but the Russians didn't dance with Tevye at the wedding, that was at the congratulatory drinking after he made the bargain with Lazar for Tzeitel. At the wedding, the Russians rode horses through the wedding party, tore the gifts to shreds, and beat what's-his-name over the head with a candlestick.

  • koko temur

    Ah, the russian way. Apropo of nothing, 21 years after we left russia, my parents still sometimes host "drunk sailors" theme parties. they just have more fun.the parties are complete with real, decomissioned navy uniform from ussr times, that i prefer not knowing how they got.

  • emmalita

    This whole conversation exemplifies why I love Pajiba and it's people.

  • koko temur

    You know what it needs though?

  • emmalita

    Dara O'Briain is that added touch that makes things extra-special.

  • Maguita NYC

    I can't wait to start watching/listening to these links you've sent me so far!

  • koko temur

    The links i sent you are all educational. I will have to send another batch if you want the irish giant with a yellow hat explained.

  • Maguita NYC

    OMG, And I just found 5$. Now my day is complete. Who wants ice cream?

  • Sara_Tonin00

    ah, yes, it's been a while for me. You are correct.

  • koko temur

    Well, we are kinda venturing far away from the light hearted dance video, but fuck it - its not pajiba if things dont go rediculous in the comment section.

    As i am both a russian, and a jew, i believe those two things are not mutually exclusive, but a. Ethnic russian would disagree and b. We are talking culture, symbols. Those are completly, entirely diffrent. those two cultures did not mix.

    to answer your last question - "forever". No, seriously. As long as you had a jewish ancestor you got "jew" stamped in your passport and you would treated in accordance with that. In every sphete of life. In every generation. Like, a university could accept only x number of jews to a cerain faculties, and none to most. If you are jew you couldnt be a journalist, or a mathemation or a physist. (some, tiny exceptions were given to geniouses) And we are not talking fiddler times we talking late 80s. Russia is a very, very scary country. And they take their hatred of other people very seriously.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    And here I thought stuffed cabbage was a tie that bound.

    In New York, especially on the Lower East Side, and somewhat throughout the US, we've got the heritage of Russian Jews and Polish Jews and others who spoke Yiddish. And while they'd sometimes get lumped together as "Eastern European Jews" - Russian Jew is a specific cultural identifier.

    But holy crap. I had no idea that Jewish separation continued throughout all of Communist Russia. Extra surprising to me considering how many prominent Jewish intellectuals played a part in spreading communism.

    Edumacated for the day! Thanks, koko.

  • koko temur

    Always glad to talk to you, sara. But wait! You didnt even ask why most jews were not allowed to study maths and physics in uni! ( it was becouse they were all working in some way or another for defense industry)
    jews were allowed to be mainly doctors and engeneers, which was fine in a huge country as russia, but hillarious when soviet union broke down and israel suddenly recieved, literally, a milion doctors and engeeners.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    also probably because being a doctor doesn't have the veneer of respectablility/high salary in Russia that it does in other places (or so I've heard). I'm not super surprised about the math/physics=military complex.

    good convo!

  • NynjaSquirrel

    You're forgetting the American world-view - if it's not in the US, it's lumped in as 'over there'.

  • L.O.V.E.

    I'm still taking the now 50-year-old New York City Breakers.

  • Bodhi

    I smiled so hard at this that my face hurts now

  • Afferbeck

    Looks like these guys cleaned up their act, learned new dance moves, and got married

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