Kalinka is a mid-19th century Russian song that has had multiple lives: as a pre-Soviet standard, a sanctioned Soviet-era folk anthem, a post-Soviet elctro-pop hit and, not at all least, the soundtrack for “Tetris.” It has also become an internationally popular folk dance that you may recognize from a wedding, bar mitzvah or random late night college party.

In class we’re going to dance to Kalinka, kicking our legs up in the air with utter abandon. We’ll try not to hurt anyone, or ourselves.

Wikipedia on Kalinka (including lyrics) | The Red Army choir sings Kalinka (and dances it too, silly wigs and all) | TETRIS!!

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