‘Elvis’ Zelenskiy and Trump’s wiggle: the perfect and worst dancing world leaders


Leaked video of Finland’s Prime minister, Sanna Marin, dancing exuberantly has sparked worldwide debate – and highlighted how political leaders haven’t been shy about displaying off their favorite strikes.

The Guardian dance critic Lyndsey Winship casts her eye over their routines and divides the showstoppers from the clodhoppers.

Prime 3

1. Volodymyr Zelenskiy
Definition of a superhero: somebody who can face down Putin and pull off a fuchsia satin Elvis outfit. Zelenskiy gained the primary season of Ukraine’s model of Strictly Come Dancing in 2006 along with his assured footwork. It’s a great distance from Ann Widdecombe being dragged alongside the ground by Anton Du Beke, and even Ed Balls’s inspiringly gung-ho Gangnam Model.

2. Barack Obama
Obama is a person of easy grace, and that high quality is throughout his dancing. Much less is extra (that’s a lesson for all clodhoppers) – he simply lets the rhythm creep in and that pretty smile unfold over his face and for a second you’ll be able to fake it’s nonetheless someplace again round 2012 and there’s hope on the planet.

‘I’ve dad strikes’: Barack Obama discusses dancing on David Letterman’s new Netflix present – video

3. Boris Yeltsin
Yeltsin’s boogie proves that dancing doesn’t must be “good” to be nice.

Boris Yeltsin dances at a rock live performance in Rostov, Russia, in 1996. {Photograph}: Alexander Zemlianichenko/AP

Backside 3

1. Theresa Could
Allow us to be clear: there is no such thing as a such factor as dangerous dancing when you’re having fun with your self. However Theresa Could’s strikes, together with this sudden robotic, include the pressured joviality of somebody who’s simply been pushed on stage by a Spad telling her to “Have enjoyable!”, leading to the identical awkwardness as clutching for a “working by means of wheat fields” anecdote.

Theresa Could dances on to the stage on the Tory occasion convention – video

2. Donald Trump
Bear in mind the weirdly addictive clip? As an alternative of a Trump rally’s typical macho chanting, the ex-president showcased a bit of transfer we’d name “the Trombone”, enhanced with a camp hip wiggle to the sound of YMCA. All confirming his standing because the least self-aware individual to ever maintain workplace.

3. Boris Johnson
The arms aloft say “soccer boor”.

Boris Johnson dancing at a work event
Boris Johnson dancing at a piece occasion. {Photograph}: Twitter

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