Stepping to the beat of 1990s pop hit American Boy, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev's stiff dance moves became an immediate viral hit on YouTube on Wednesday.
Sporting a form-fitting silver jacket and open collar, Medvedev somewhat awkwardly wiggles his hips and kicks up his heels with other party guests in the half-minute clip posted late on Tuesday.
The performance attracted mixed reactions from Russians, with nearly 300 comments only hours after it was posted.
"It looks like Medvedev's swallowed a stick," one viewer commented.
An avid twitter user, Medvedev is seen as more liberal and Western-leaning than his mentor and current Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, a former KGB officer who steered him into the country's top job in 2008.
Putin, who faced limits to a third term as president after his 2000-2008 rule, is still seen by most Russians as the man pulling the strings.
He has not ruled out a bid to return to the Kremlin in the fast approaching March 2012 polls, saying he will decide with Medvedev which of the leaders will stand as candidate.