General Dance Discussion > Polka anyone?

Discussion in 'General Dance Discussion' started by SwinginBoo, Oct 20, 2003.

  1. SwinginBoo

    SwinginBoo New Member

    Yes I did ask. Does anyone like to Polka? I think it's a lot of fun. I don't know much besides the basic pattern. But it is a blast when you really get going. I guess if I had to rate it, I'd say I'd like to polka maybe 1 in every 50 dances. Anyone else?
     
  2. pygmalion

    pygmalion Well-Known Member

    Polka is way fun. I just can't find anyone to dance it with. Most people use polkas as the dance where they go to the restroom, or get a drink of water. :? What can you do?
     
  3. will35

    will35 New Member

    I like the Paraguayan Polca. The dance is similar, but the music is very different. My musician friends tell me it has elements of ternery and binary rythms. Imagine mixing waltz and foxtrot rythms in the same song, in the same measure. I think it would be written in 6/8 or 9/8 like the gondola songs. Even within that structure, it is highly syncopated and jumpy. On top of all that, the lyrics are sometimes extremely sad. It normally has a harp, accordion, guitars and a duo of singers. When it is done right, it is the best music I know of. I love to dance to it. If you were to play it at a ballroom, the people would not be sitting or going to the bathroom. They would either dance or run away altogether. Everyone I know either loves it or hates it.
     
  4. pygmalion

    pygmalion Well-Known Member

    I can't believe that, will. I was listening to a song like that on the radio yesterday. It was written in threes, followed by twos, just as you describe. And I was wondering what, if anything, you could dance to it. Small world. :D
     
  5. will35

    will35 New Member

    The dance is like a flying, jumping triple step to one side, then the other. It gets the blood pumping. It's fantastic. The chamame is basically the same dance with a hold around the hips. A little calmer, like rocking a baby to sleep. They are both simple dances, but they never catch me sitting down. I sometimes sit out a lot of tangos and swing or whatever, but I NEVER can sit through several polcas or chamame. I like Alma Guarani, Mercedita, Kilometro Once. Wow, what music. If you think swing or ragtime are synchopated, give the chamame a listen. It makes your shoulders shake around.
     
  6. Vince A

    Vince A Active Member

    I have to do it in competition (when I do compete). Although a fun dance, it robs me of all my energy early, and by the time I get to the ECS and WCS, I beat!

    I did it as a kid - yu know the old Italian Polka music and dance, and now it's called the Triple Step. Very fast, skipping backwards . . . yea, my kinda dance. NOT!

    For fun, I like to Polka maybe 1 in 500 dances! J/K . . . I enjoy it now and then . . .
     
  7. pygmalion

    pygmalion Well-Known Member

    Hey Vince! Be a good sport. :lol: You know it's a fun dance. But you're right. It is exhausting. I can't imagine competing in it. I like to be able to take a break whenevr I want, and get a glass of water. But still, it's fun.
     
  8. Spitfire

    Spitfire Well-Known Member

    Polka doesn't seem to be big around here and few are ever played at the dances.

    Maybe with one exception and that being the C&W cowboy shuffle which is also known as the Jessica Polka. This is only done at the C&W night spots if at all anymore since I don't generally go to these places and haven't in quite a long time.
     
  9. SDsalsaguy

    SDsalsaguy Administrator Staff Member

    Not to rain on anyone's polka parade but the only time I've found any sense in this dance is during German beer festivals... post sufficient quantities of good German beer! :cheers:
     
  10. SwinginBoo

    SwinginBoo New Member

    THat could be quite dangerous I imagine.
     
  11. Vince A

    Vince A Active Member

    Isn't the polka a German, or maybe an Italian "Swing" dance???
     
  12. SwinginBoo

    SwinginBoo New Member

    I'm pretty sure it's German.
     
  13. SDsalsaguy

    SDsalsaguy Administrator Staff Member

    Yes, it's German...hence the requirement of sufficient quantities of German beer… :cheers:
     
  14. Spitfire

    Spitfire Well-Known Member

    I heard the the Polka is actually Bohemian in orgin, but it's only what I've heard.
     
  15. will35

    will35 New Member

    Believe Polka was invented by one little poor Polish girl in Germany I think. They saw her jumping around in the street, asked her what dance it was. She said, "Polka." Maybe means "jump" in Polish like Volta means turn or jump in Ital.? Maybe somebody should google this apocryphal anecdote of mine?
     
  16. will35

    will35 New Member

  17. will35

    will35 New Member

    Did you read that? More popular than even I knew. There is even a Brazilian Choro-Polka, if I recall correctly. Danced Polka in Iowa once or twice. Fun. Remember Mazurka scene from War and Peace. Rostov. Very funny.
     
  18. SDsalsaguy

    SDsalsaguy Administrator Staff Member

    Ok, I hereby concede that sufficient quantities of Czech beer suffice as well... :wink:
     
  19. will35

    will35 New Member

    The original style of Pilsner beer is from Chzekoslovakia. Hence the brand name, Pilsner Urquell. Urquell meaning "original". All this watery American beer in the Pilsner style is just a very, very, very, very cheap, tasteless imitation. They still make the original Budweiser in Chzeck Rep. It comes in different bottles. Some Americans go there, mistake it for American Bud. Imagine their disappointment when they taste real beer instead of Am. Bud.
     
  20. Spitfire

    Spitfire Well-Known Member

    I believe it takes the name from a town in the Czech Republic known as Pilsen which is the German name and Plzen in Czech.
     

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