Have you ever tried to drop it low and then just…dropped? If you’re looking to gain the thighs of steel required to not only drop it, but pop it, look no further than these Cold War-era Soviet soldiers leaving it all out on the dance floor.
If watching these Soviets perform wildly athletic feats isn’t mesmerizing enough, viewers can now enjoy the soldiers breaking it down to timeless classics such as Britney Spears’ “Toxic” and The Killers’ “Mr. Brightside,” courtesy of the Twitter account @communistbops.
mr brightside – the killers pic.twitter.com/AXgD82WWwN
— soviet soldiers dancing (@communistbops) August 30, 2019
Run by an 18-year-old in the U.K., the account traces its roots back to the user’s 20th century Russian history coursework. To fully immerse himself in that world, @communistbops began using some of his free time to listen to the Red Army Choir, he told Slate.com in 2019. The result? A bright spot amid the hellish cesspool that is oftentimes social media.
Pulling most of the footage from a YouTube account run in the name of Leonid Kharitonov, a Russian opera singer who died in 2017, the teen has watched “these videos so much now, I kinda remember which dance moves would go best with certain lyrics.”
And, like your drunk uncle at a wedding, who, despite doing zero cardio in 20 years, seemingly becomes as nimble as a gazelle as he guzzles his 17th Busch Light, the Soviet soldiers seem impervious to pain and ACL blowouts as they bound around the dance floor.
Try not to feel vicarious pain, for example, as two soldiers seemingly re-invent the single-leg squat as the angsty tune of Evanescence’s “Bring me to life” blares.
bring me to life – evanescence pic.twitter.com/6ON8V1yJvT
— soviet soldiers dancing (@communistbops) September 13, 2020
Train for nuclear war and develop legs like a Clydesdale? No wonder McCarthy was so concerned.
So, head on over to @communistbops to peruse some of yesteryear’s most phenomenal dance moves set to some of today’s greatest hits.
Or, send in your own song requests, because according to a Sept. 16 tweet, the seemingly limitless fountain of ideas appears to be drying out.