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POLKA DANCING IN Sherman Oaks CA - Polka dance lessons

 

A DESCRIPTION OF POLKA:

The polka was originally a Czech peasant dance, developed in Eastern Bohemia (now part of Czechoslovakia). Now a popular social dance and a competitive dance on the Country Western circuit, Polka consists of both 4 and 8 count patterns and is performed with an "upward lilted" motion.

 

A HISTORY OF POLKA:

Polka is defined as a vivacious couple dance of Bohemian origin in duple time was a basic pattern of hop-step-close-step; a lively Bohemian dance tune in 2/4 time.

The polka was originally a Czech peasant dance, developed in Eastern Bohemia (now part of Czechoslovakia). Bohemian historians believe that the polka was invented by a peasant girl (Anna Slezak, in Labska Tynice in 1834) one Sunday for her amusement. It was composed to a folk song "Strycek Nimra Koupil Simla (Uncle Nimra brought a white horse)." Anna called the step "Madera" because of its quickness and liveliness.

The dance was first introduced into the ballrooms of Prague in 1835. The name of the dance (pulka) is Czech for "half-step", referring to the rapid shift from one foot to the other.

 

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