Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin once flexed his might by demanding that Nikita Khrushchev perform the national Ukrainian dance, essentially forcing the future leader to squat and spin on his caprice. The Hopak, or Cossack dance, was originally the domain of virile young warriors who celebrated victories with displays of speed, strength, and general manliness. Today, the dance is choreographed for both sexes to appear wildly improvised; women in intricate headdresses execute equally intricate footwork while their male counterparts accomplish acrobatic feats in flouncy pants. The... More >>>