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polka,

ballroom dance for couples in 2/4 time. Originated by Bohemian peasants about 1830 from steps of the schottische and other dances, the polka by 1835 reached the drawing rooms of Prague, from which it spread to the capitals of Europe. The modern polka is a mere remnant of a much livelier, more complicated dance based on five to ten intricate figures in which the partners tossed their feet in the air while executing turns in close embrace, toe-heel steps, and other movements. Related dances include the galop and the mazurka.

Polka

 

a Czech folk dance. It is in 2/4 time and is performed by pairs in a circle. Lively and simple in form, it became popular in the early 19th century in Slovakia, Serbia, Hungary, and Austria. In the 1840’s it became popular throughout Europe as a ballroom dance. The genre of music associated with the polka was employed by B. Smetana, A. G. Rubinstein, M. A. Balaki-rev, S. V. Rachmaninoff, and other composers.

polka

1. a 19th-century Bohemian dance with three steps and a hop, in fast duple time
2. a piece of music composed for or in the rhythm of this dance

Polka

(language)
An object-oriented parallel logic programming language, built on top of Parlog.

["Polka: A Parlog Object-Oriented Language", Andrew Davison, TR, Parlog Group, Imperial College, London 1988].
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Joe Duhamel led the Polka Giants for 40 years, though for the last decade or so the gigs have been far and few between since the members were scattered to the winds by their jobs and family obligations.
The following Four Polkas (E major, G minor, A major, F minor) from the beginning of the 1850s were likewise never printed in the composer's lifetime, but we know that Smetana intended to publish them.
Also in the competition are Eddie Blazonczyk's Versatones' ``Under the Influence,'' Walter Ostanek and Ron Sluga's ``Time Out for Polkas and Waltzes,'' Del Sinchak Band's ``Polka Pizzazz'' and Kevin Solecki's ``Solecktions.
This sparkling show of favourite waltzes and polkas from the Strauss Family recreates the style and enchantment of the ballrooms of 19th Century Vienna
For Anna and Ostriches Kylian chose five fast polkas by the Strauss brothers interspersed with taped music by Zbigniew Preisner from the film score for Damage.
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The delightful, traditional program includes some of the most popular waltzes, polkas and marches ever written and the 2002 concert is no exception.
He explains, "I feel that the world of polkas is a viable place to make a songwriting entry, and my 'Mistletoe Polka' has the added virtue of being a seasonal piece, replete with creative surprises - just like a Christmas gift ought to be.
The CBSO is welcoming music lovers in 2008 with its Magic of Vienna concert, conducted by Martin Yates, who will lead the orchestra through a selection of much-loved waltzes and polkas including The Blue Danube and Tritsch Tratsch Polka as well as arias by the Straus family.
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