Thursday, Wuxi China locals, with bemusement, looked upon a group of lense-less Monocled Wuxi Expats, arm-in-arm doing a Prisyadka Dance at People’s Square near Qingyang Road. Prisyadka dancing is a traditional Russian dance where dancers kick upwards from a squat position.
The Dance craze came to Wuxi as a result of Russians doing the dance during celebrations that took after Wuxi China Expatdom Film Appreciation Society President Harry Moore’s lecture, delivered at Ford’s Theater in Washington D.C., about cinematic depictions of the U.S. Civil War. Gambay’s Pub in the 1912 Bar District of Wuxi, China has set up a special Prisyadka Dance Room. Already, Wuxi Expats have formed a Prisyadka arm-in-arm dance line spanning one end of Nanchang Jie Bar Street to the other.
Observers of WCEFAS President Harry Moore’s lectures speculate that the Prisyadka Dance could replace the conga lines which have been the traditional method of celebrating Moore’s orations.
Moore’s lectures have resulted in conga lines, millions of people and miles long. Wuxi China Expats now hope to break the world record for the widest arm-in-arm Prisyadka group dance which is 3,789 set after a speech by Boris Yeltsin to the Russian Duma in the 1990s. Prime Minister of the Wuxi China Expatdom, Mango thinks that Wuxi Expats can easily reach the one million Prisyadka participant width in the next few weeks.