The Polka


The polca (also spelled polka) is a popular dance that emerged in the territory of Bohemia, now Czech Republic, around 1830 and became popular in its capital, Prague, since 1835. Its name is derived from the Czech word "pulka" , which means "medium", referring to the characteristic middle step of the dance.

In Europe it was a ballroom dance and popular festivities, that is, considered proper to the middle and lower classes. From the Czechoslovak polka variations are born throughout the continent, and it is the French variation that is brought to our country in the mid-nineteenth century, interestingly, the expression was appropriate by the aristocracy.

Eventually, during the Revolution, people took this dance and created other rhythms inspired by it, giving way to the corridos and others that make up the "norteño" genre; that at that time they worked to tell stories that happened during the battle or as a consequence of it.

Another important aspect to note is the change in instrumentation, while its European counterpart is played by a group of strings, in Mexico the polka is characterized by the sounds of the sixth bass, the tololoche, the tambora and its star instrument, the accordion .

In Mexico, the polka has taken root in the north of the country, especially in states like Nuevo León, where it is still danced in pairs with special outfits: women wear long-sleeved blouses, pants up to the elbow; chest with lace, cameo surrounded by a black band, round skirt and boots. The men wear dark cashmere trousers, plaid shirt, denim, the traditional "cuera" and of course, boots.

La Polka

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La Polka

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