One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An energetic Ukrainian dance in duple time, traditionally performed by men.
- ‘The hopak was first danced by the Cossack of the Zaporhizian Sich in the sixteenth century and spread to the rest of Ukraine.’
- ‘It was exciting, and always got the crowd going, with much clapping, expostulation and dancing of the gopak.’
- ‘In a popular folk dance called the hopak, male dancers compete against each other, performing acrobatic leaps.’
- ‘Traditional dances - kozachok, hopak, metelytsia, kolomyika, hutsulka, and arkan - differ by rhythmic figures, choreography, region, and sometimes by gender, but share a duple meter.’
1920s: via Russian, from Ukrainian hopak.
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