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POLONAISE-POLISH NATIONAL DANCE STEP

POLONAISE, OR POLONEZ, WAS ORIGINALLY POPULAR AS A
DANCE OF THE NOBILITY. IT APPEARS IN FOLK DANCES
ACCORDING TO JAN SEJDA, INSTRUCTOR OF POLISH FOLK
DANCE. THE TIME IS 3/4 . I WILL PRESENT ONLY THE DANCE
STEP CHARACTERISTICALLY USED IN MANY DANCES. ONE
POLONEZ STEP REQUIRES ONE MEASURE OF MUSIC (THREE
BEATS) AND THREE CHANGES OF WEIGHT. COUNT ONE; THE
KNEE ABOVE THE WEIGHTED FOOT IS BENT AS THE TOE OF THE
FREE FOOT IS EXTENDED AND REACHES FORWARD, CLOSE TO
THE FLOOR. THE FORWARD PART OF THE FOOT TOUCHES THE
FLOOR FIRST, THE HEEL IS LAST. COUNT TWO; A NORMAL
WALKING STEP, EXCEPT THAT AGAIN, THE FORWARD PART OF
THE FOOT TOUCHES THE FLOOR FIRST, AND THEN THE FULL
FOOT. COUNT THREE; ANOTHER WALKING STEP AS DESCRIBED
FOR COUNT TWO. THE STEP IS SMOOTH -VERY SMOOTH-AND
THE TORSO REMAINS ERECT AND ELEGANT THROUGHOUT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Dance

Date learned: 10-01-1967

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