Free polka lessons & introduction!The polka is a gay, fast-traveling dance that is easy to learn, but requires lots of energy. The polka was originally a Czech peasant dance. 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. The polka is the state dance of Wisconsin. In the 1990’s, polka regained popularity among country-western dancers.
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The MovesThe basic Polka step is a continuous series of step-close-step “triple steps.” Some people liken the basic movement to “galloping.” Like the two step and Viennese waltz, the polka is a fast traveling dance that is generally danced around the perimeter of a large dance floor.
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The MusicPolka music is written in 2/4 time and the tempo is fast, usually more than 190 beats per minute. The polka was originally a European peasant dance and was danced to lively folk music. Perhaps the most well-known polka song is the “Beer Barrel Polka,” made famous by Frank Yankovic.
HistoryThe polka was originally a Czech peasant dance that became popular in the mid 1800’s. European immigrants brought the polka to Wisconsin and polka became the state dance of Wisconsin. Polka is very popular among country-western dance competitors.
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Tips & InfoHere are some "universal tips" for learning how to dance a partner dance such as polka.
At this point, your brain is "freed up" to allow learning steps and patterns because you no longer have to concentrate on timing and step counting.
Many folks get frustrated if they can't dance competently immediately. Certainly individuals vary in dance aptitude, but all dancers must go through the awkward stages before they get to the polished stage.