What is Polka Dancing?

Polka is a dance that originated in Europe in the 1800s. Its popularity quickly spread across that continent and across North America. There are many different variations of polka depending on where you are, including several US varieties. Made up of short half-steps, the polka influenced many other styles of dance, including two-step and ragtime.

Polka is an incredibly fun dance for partners because the tempos are generally brisk without being overwhelming, and the variety of moves allows for many different ways to express yourself.

Why You Should Trust Arthur Murray Dance Centers for Dance Classes

Arthur Murray Dance Centers are the best places to learn polka for several reasons.

First, all of our instructors have years of experience dancing and teaching. Our dedication to hiring the best teachers means that you will always receive great instruction from people who love to teach and now how to reach every kind of student. Since the first Arthur Murray Dance Studio opened in 1912, we have always put the student first by pairing them with the best teachers.

Second, our dance centers are the best way to learn to dance the polka because we don’t throw everyone together in the hope that everyone will “get it” at the same speed. We start you off with the basics and as you improve, you can join more advanced classes. This allows you to learn at your own pace, which means that you are more likely to stick with it, to improve regularly, and to have the most fun!

Third, we have locations in Maryland and Virginia, so you’re never far away from one of our dance studios.

Contact us today to learn more about our dance lessons or to set up your free introductory lesson!


Polka dance was brought to the public eye in the year 1844.

This age old dance is said to be created by a Bohemian girl. In all of it’s boisterous charm, the basic steps to the Polka consist of hops and chasses, with one to the left and one to the right. Polka is one of the more popular dance styles in the country.

If learning the Polka sounds like something that you would be interested in, then don’t hesitate to sign up for dance lessons at our dance studio. The dance instructors at Arthur Murray Dance Company are trained and passionate about sharing the art of dance with the world. Contact us today to get signed up for classes.