This website will feature stories on and about polka music throughout Iowa and beyond. My friend, Kathy, and I attend a lot of dances around the state of Iowa and we do get up to Wisconsin and Minnesota a few times in the summer. As we do this, I will write blogs and take pictures of the event to be posted on the link above at Keyman's Corner. To see these pictures, all you need to do is go to this link above. Keyman's Corner is the information section of this website and the most resourceful.
My main goal along with Kathy's help is to promote our love for polka music and dance the best way we know how. We will patronize organizations that provide polka music and dance. We will help in any way to promote the dance or festival. I will continue with this web page to offer the outcome of our success in the promotion of polka music. Viewers can help by offering suggestions on how I can improve this site to better our objective.
As time goes on I will continue to improve this website. I would also like to thank my dearest and best friend Kathy for accompanying me to these dances and for helping me with the articles I write. Kathy also writes a review once in awhile and you can read that review at Keyman's Corner and the link "Kathys Review"
Welcome To The PolkaRrific Website
About Polka Dance
The actual dance and accompanying music called "polka" are generally attributed to a girl, or young woman, Anna Slezakova of Labska Tynice, Bohemia, to accompany a local folk song called "Strycek Nimra koupil simla", or Uncle Nimra Bought a White Horse, in 1834. She is said to have called the dance Madera, simply meaning "quick".
By 1835, this dance had spread to the ballrooms of Prague, where it was called Pulka for its quick 2/4 step. From there, it spread to Vienna by 1839, and in 1840 was introduced in Paris by Raab, a Prague dance instructor.
Apparently, it was so well-received that it became a sort of dance craze, spreading across all of Europe, and to the US within a decade. It remained a dominantly popular dance in these areas until the 20th century, when it was displaced by jazz, and the dance crazes of the Roaring Twenties.
Polka did enjoy a resurgence in popularity after World War II, when many Polish refugees moved to the US, adopting this Bohemian style as a cultural dance. Polka dances are still held on a weekly basis across many parts of the US with Central European heritage.
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