The Veleta Polka

{1905}



Introduction

The Veleta Polka is simply an adaptation of Arthur Morris' Veleta to polka time.

Two years later, Tom Walton published an almost identical dance, the White-City Two Step, which replaces the slow double chassé in Part III with a quick quadruple one.



The Position

Both facing LOD, holding inside hands.


The Dance

Part I - Promenade and Chassé Along LOD (4 bars): Polka forward two steps along LOD (1-and-2, 3-and-4), then step side (5), close (6), side (7) along LOD, opening up to face against LOD at the end.

Part II - Promenade and Chassé Against LOD (4 bars): Repeat opposite, traveling against LOD, and closing up to closed position at the end (1-and-2, 3-and-4, 5, 6, 7).

Part III - Polka and Chassé (4 bars): One full turn of polka (1-and-2, 3-and-4), then chassé twice along LOD (5, 6, 7, 8).

Part III - Polka (4 bars): Two full turns of polka (1-and-2, 3-and-4, 5-and-6, 7-and-8).

Repeat from the beginning.


The Music

"The Veleta Polka" by Arthur Morris is the specified tune, but it doesn't appear to have been recorded, so any early 20th century polka will do.


Sources


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For more, including descriptions of 25 different waltzes and hundreds of variations thereof, see Waltzing: A Manual for Dancing and Living a book by Richard Powers and Nick Enge.


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