Origins of Polka Dance

The Polka folk dance originated in Bohemia, Czech Republic in 1830. It was first performed to a composition by Friedrich Burgmuller at the Paris Opera in 1844.

      1830, 1844
      Friedrich Burgmuller
     Bohemia, Czech Republic

Additional Information:

  • Polka – Wikipedia
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  • Polka History of Dance – CentralHome
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  • Independent Lens . POLKA TIME . The Polka | PBS
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  • Polka – New World Encyclopedia
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