Polka! Polka! Polka!Learn to dance this Saturday for only $10
Posted by: KFarrell
Date: Aug 05 2014 8:59 AM
If you have ever been in a Bavarian beer hall, celebrated at an Oktoberfest or even visited Hofbrau Haus at Pier Park in Panama City Beach you have, most likely, heard polka music. Polka refers to an eastern European style of music and dance, which is to this day very popular in Poland, Germany, Czech Republic, Hungary, Austria, Switzerland, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia and Croatia to name a few countries of the region.
Because there was a large influx of immigrants from the Eastern European countries in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s, they brought with them their cultures, traditions, music and dance. That is how polka music came to the United States and became popular in cities such as Chicago, Cleveland and Milwaukee. (The Beer Barrel Polka is still played during the seventh inning stretch at the Milwaukee Brewers games, and the polka is the official state dance of Wisconsin.)
Though instrumentation varies by region to region, most polka bands feature an accordion, tuba and drums, though clarinets, trumpets, pianos, dulcimers and concertinas all have a place in polka-style music. Polka dancing involves a short but lively half step, and can be done as a couple facing each other, or with two people facing forward side by side. A common polka dance step can be used with most polka songs as they tend to be in 2/4 time, with a similar “oomp-pah” feel.
This means that once you learn the simple steps to polka dancing you will have pretty much mastered this dance style for all polka songs. That is why we are pleased to announce that renowned professional dance instructor Ron DeVane will be leading polka dancing lessons at this Saturday, August 9th at the Dothan Dance Club. Polka dancing class begins at 2:00 pm and is one hour long for $10. If you want to stay for the Round Dancing class at 3:00, it is just $5 more for that hour long class. No partner is needed for the class, and all dancers should wear shoes that slide on the floor if possible.
The Dothan Dance Club is located at 2563 Ross Clark Circle in Dothan. Please call them at 334-792-5166 with questions about the polka dancing class this Saturday August 9th. This class will get everyone ready to polka the night away during Dothan’s upcoming Oktoberfest, “PorktoberQue” which is next month at the Farm Center. PorktoberQue is September 26-27 and more information can be found at www.PorktoberQue.com