As they separate, he leaves go
and changes the hands to
"cross-hands" (right-to-right
and left-to-left) with the
right hands on top.

Here's a little slingshot
on the hop (count 4 3/4)
before he brings her towards

A little emphasis with a
kick, first with the one leg...

...then with the other.

A free turn or free
spin to return to normal
closed position. His hands
are poised for the re-

DT: Morley, you give a little emphasis with a kick (5th & 6th photos, left), on what count is that?

Morley: Count four.

Monique: It's always count 4 but it happens the first time with his left leg -- my right leg -- and then the next time, the next count 4, it reverses.

DT: Because?

Monique: Because polka is in threes so each measure starts on the foot opposite of the previous measure -- left-right-left -- that's one measure -- so then the right foot is free so it's right-left-right the next measure.

DT: And if you put in the hop?

Monique: It wouldn't matter because the hop is on the same foot -- left-right-left-hopleft-- your next foot is still the right whether you hop or not.

DT: Left-right-left Right-left-right sounds like waltz.

Morley: Yes, with an extra beat in polka. Simple polka has three steps in a measure, but four counts. Simple waltz has three steps and three counts.

DT: Simple?

Morley: In it's simplest form, polka has three steps and waltz has three steps per measure. But then as you go up the ladder of difficulty, it could be changed to anything -- waltz could have 4 step in a measure or 6 steps , and polka the same thing.

Monique: If you add the hop, polka has 4 steps in a measure, although the last two steps are on the same foot.

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