_POLKA STEPS_


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2. Polka Steps  (3 beats to a bar)

   A. Basic Polka Step
       {step on flat of foot}
       {emphasis is on 1st beat of the bar}
       Gents:  L R L ; R L R ; repeat
       Ladies: R L R ; L R L ; repeat

       counted:   down, two, three
                  two, two, three
                  three, two, three
                  .
                  .
                  .
                  eight, two, three    

   B. House Movement
       -When turning clockwise in the "House" or "Body" Movements, men pivot on
        the left foot.



   C. The Body  (also called the Polka)
       -All four couples are standing at home in Waltz Hold.
       -The Body movement is counter-clockwise, and it is a type of house around 
        movement. Each couple will be in all 4 home positions in the Waltz Hold at 
        some time during the movement.    
  
	The Body consists of two types of movements: (1) the "In & out" 
        and (2) the "Turn the Corner". 
      
        The In & Out 
            Counted: "In" 2 3 ; "Out" 2 3

    "In"  : Men:  With the left foot, take a short step sideways toward 
                  the centre of the Set.
  
            Women: With the right foot, take a short step sideways toward 
                   the centre of the Set.     

       2  :    Men: Followed by a similar step with the right foot.
	     Women: Followed by a similar step with the left foot.

       3  :   Men: Then stamp lightly with the left foot.
            Women: Then stamp lightly with the right foot. 

       ;
  
    "Out" : Men: Step back with the right foot.
            Women: Step back with the left foot. 

       2  : Men: Then the left.
            Women: Then the right.

       3  : Men: Stamp lightly with the right foot.   
            Women: Stamp lightly with the left foot.
   
       -The Body movement involves all four couples, who dance in and out. {2 bars}
        (Couples dance straight in.)

     In some sets
         (When dancing out, each couple comes back slightly toward the corner 
         to its right.  This type of movement makes turning the corner 
         smoother.)

     In other sets
         (When dancing out, each couple comes straight back.)

         And continue dancing 1 2 3 ; 1 2 3 ; etc.  When turning clockwise in the 
         Body (Polka) or House movements, men  pivot on the left foot.  
         (Both movements go counter-clockwise around the Outer Circle.)



  Turn the Corner
   -This term refers to "turning clockwise to the position of the couple on the 
    right" in the Body (or Polka) movement.
   -Turning clockwise (while the movement is still in a counter-clockwise 
    direction), men step with the left foot while pivoting with the right foot.  
    Women step with the right foot while pivoting with the left foot.
   -Still turning clockwise, men step back with the right foot.  
    Still turning clockwise, women step back with the right foot.
   -Still turning clockwise, men step with the left foot. 
    Women step with the right foot.
   -Still turning clockwise, men step with the right foot, placing it into 
    the standard waltz stance location in the next Home position in the set.  
    Women use left foot. -Still turning clockwise, men step with the left foot, 
    placing it into the standard waltz stance location in that new Home position.  
    Women use right foot.
   -Then men stamp lightly with the right foot. Women stamp with the left foot.  
            {These six steps take 2 bars}

       Note:  After both the "In & Out" and the "Turn the Corner" movements, each 
              couple is now in the home position to the right of its original 
              position.
             -Repeat these movements 3 more times, bring each couple back to its 
              original home position.
 



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