The Polka Mazurka

By George Routledge.

The step of this dance is, as its implies, a mixture of the steps of the Polka and the Mazourka. It is a favourite dance with the Parisians, but has never been very popular in England, probably from the same reasons which prevented the success of the Cellarius. Yet it is a pretty dance, and the step is easily acquired. We recommend it to the attention of our readers. The time is 3/8, and quicker than that of the Cellarius.

Gentleman takes his partner as in the valse. Figure en tournant.  We describe the steps for the gentleman; the lady simply reverses the order of the feet, using left foot for right throughout.

1st beat.—Rest on right foot, with left foot a little raised behind, and slide left foot to the left.

2nd beat.—Spring on the right foot, bringing it up to where the left foot is, and raising the latter in front.

3rd beat.—Spring once more on right foot, passing left foot behind without touching the ground with it; this ends first bar.

2nd bar, 1st beat.—Slide left foot to the left, as before.

2nd beat.—Spring on right foot, as before, and bring it up to the place of left foot, raising latter at same moment.

3rd beat.—Fall on the left foot, and raise the right foot behind; end of second bar.

Begin third bar with right foot, and continue as before. You turn half round in the first three beats, and complete the circle in the second three.


This is taken from Routledge's Manual of Etiquette.



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