The gentleman takes his partner's left hand with his right. Both advance in Balancant on the right, then on the left, alternatively, in such a manner as to find themselves, one measure, nearly vis-a-vis, and the other, nearly dos-a-dos. In this position they promenade as if it were round the circle once or twice, the gentleman holding the lady's left hand as at the starting. After one or several rounds, the gentleman leaves the lady's hand to take hold of her by the waist, exactly as in the waltz. They perform thus, FIGURES EN AVANT, then, FIGURES EN TOURNANT, atlernatively, observing always sthe characteristical cadence of the POLKA, whose rhythm may be expressed as follows- [ ] but for an exact choregraphique description of which, the assistance of a professor is indispensible.
It is during the execution of the second movement, that is, when performing the figure en avant, and en arriere, that they must both lightly touch the ground with the foot, on each measure, viz- with the heel when the leg is forward, and with the tiptoe when backwards.
M.E. COULON, 47, Marlborough Street, Regent Street, having recently undertaken a journey to Paris for the express purpose of obtaining the original POLKA from its importers in France, M.M. Cellarins and Coralli, is a professor whose teaching may warrant a complete mastery of this graceful dance.
In conclusion, four, or at the most five lessons, will enable any one acquainted with the general principles of the art of Dancing, to perform the POLKA with the gracefulness and the characteristic agility this national dance requires.
Jullien, Louis Antoine, "Jullien's Celebrated Polkas No. 1 The Original Polka" (1840). Historic Sheet Music Collection. 557.
The views expressed in this paper are solely those of the author.