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The Polka: A northern dance with European origins

March 10, 2017

Originally from Czechoslovakia, this dance called Polka is now one of the main traditions in the state of Nuevo Leon. Brought to Mexico in the time of the colony from the region of Bohemia, this joyful dance has been transformed until acquiring a very Mexican style.

The name Polka comes from the Czech word “pulka” which means medium, referring to the characteristic middle step of this dance. The steps of polka are fast and have a lot of rhythm, as if dancers galloped on the floor. The galloping is interrupted to change pace and the man spins his partner very quickly and gracefully.

Just like this dance has been transforming, the wardrobe as well. In colony times, women danced in big dresses made with fine fabrics, feathered hats and an umbrella; men in striped trousers and boots. Now a days women wear white shirts with skirts and boots, while men wear trousers with plaid shirts and northern hats. Something that is very characteristic in women is their high hairstyle with a striking colored ribbon.

Another curious fact you should know about polka is that music is always accompanied by an accordion. The best-known polkas in the region are “El Aguacero”, “El Rancho”, and “La Carreta”. Combinations with other musical genres such as cumbia have been made to attract more audiences, especially young people to listen to this popular style of music.

If you still do not know where to spend your Easter vacation, we invite you to come to Monterrey, where besides enjoying this fun dance, you can get to see more traditions of the north of the country.

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Photo by: México vive en su cultura