Polka is a very widespread folk dance common in many countries. It has a measure of 2/4 and a lively tempo. Even since the 19th century it was regarded as a traditional polish folk dance, however it’s true origin is Czech Republic. It is the only Czech national dance which, according to most authors, was born in Hradec Kralowe out of sympathy to the Polish national uprising in 1830. It’s name stems from the word půlka – meaning half-rhythm, half-step. The word points to the characteristic basic step of the dance, which is fast, brisk and cheerful. Polka has probably evolved form the Polish krakowiak and it has been enriched with many typically Czech elements.
Our choreography was inspired by a hunt for rabbits or hares. In the beginning, boys – the hunters – are looking for the girls – the hares – on a meadow. When they find them, they try to catch them. In the end of the dance in pairs that follows, the girls manage to escape to the forest.