The Polka. Grotesque and Elegant.1. Lead your lady to the circle, place her vis à vis to you, take her left hand in your right and then do the introductory steps, four times, together you then advance balancant, first to the right & then to the left, alternately placing yourselves vis à vis & dos à dos, proceeding thus around the circle once, & with the glissade the second time. 2. With your right arm circling your partner's waist, and in your left hand holding her right, place your lady exactly fronting you, and retreat round the room, your partner pursuing you, as it were, the reverse the figure, she retreating, you pursuing, your lady doing the back step now, as you have just done, and you doing the forward step as she has just done. 3. Advance together down centre of the ball room doing figure one step and then do the gallop step round to the commencing point. 4. With the heel and toe step Valse up and down passing your lady over from your left arm to your right & from your right to your left alternately. 5. At top cross to each others' places, and advance separately, performing figures en avant & en tournant, (forward & turning,) then dos à dos and vis à vis alternately up the centre. 6. Valse round the room, doing the back step, turning your partner the contrary way to the usual Valse.
Three sheets; rare & fine hand-coloured lithographs. 368 x 260mm. 14½ x 10¼".
The art of Polka seen as a contrast between the grotesque and elegant, trashy and sophisticated, with notes describing the correct moves required.
[Ref: 24140] £450.00