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Trepak - Russian National Dance             The Tropak (Ukrainian: Трoпак; known in Russian as Трeпак or Trepak or Trepaka) is the National Folk dance of Russia and was danced by Russian Cossacks originally. It's known as a lively Russian popular dance in 2/4 time, introduced by some Russian composers, e.g. Mussorgsky, into their works. Famous example is in Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker. The tropak differs from the better known Hopak in chordal use and also in that the tempo gradually speeds up throughout the dance.      The Trepak is performed by men only but may have females dancing in the background. The Trepaka dance consists of a series of turns, leaps, Jumps, Lunges, Leg Extensions, squats, splits, and Kicks. The video on the right shows the main components of this dance.

    Websters dictionary describes it as thus: a fiery Ukrainian folk dance performed by men and featuring the leg-flinging prisiadka. Wikipedia states: The Tropak shares many musical and choreographic characteristics with the Hopak. Both developed as Kozak social dances, performed at celebratory occasions.
    Traditional Tropak choreography did not survive except a simple walk with a syncopated stamp, often done to a quick duple meter rhythm. The tropak went out of fashion in the 1930s during the major transformations in Ukrainian village society and culture that happened in Soviet Ukraine at that time but is still performed today on the stage, Television and Movies.     On U.S.A. Television's "So You Think You Can Dance" (Season 4), Joshua Allen and Stephen "Twitch" Boss performed a Trepak routine, interpreted as a dance duel, in Week 9 (August 6, 2008).... Page_UNDER_Construction.

Birth Place

Creation Date


Dance Type

Slobozhan region of Ukraine ? 1891 ? Cossacks Folk ?




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Sheet Music




n/a Nutcracker Suite Fantasia (Disney) So You Think You Can Dance

Associated Names






n/a n/a n/a n/a Alexis Kosloff

Associated Dances

Ballet Folk Cossack  
Cozatchok dance Tyrolean    

Books / Articles

Title Writer date Publisher
Ukrainian Folk Dances (Українські Hароднi Танцi) Humeniuk, Andriy 1962 ??

Historic Musicians


Various Music Titles

Tchaikovsky (1891) n/a n/a

Research words to help your searches!

Cossack Russian Dance  
Tchaikovsky Nut Cracker Suite  
November 29, 2012