Inside Underarm Turn (in place)
DT: Here the lady's hand is brought in front of her face right away, so this is an inside turn?
At this moment, the follower's
legs are fairly straight
and in a moment, they
...bent. The knees are bent
on the count. The leader
positions his right hand
for the hook-up
DT: Hand to hand, overhead, what is going on in these underarm turns?
Monique: There's a little pressure hand to hand. That helps me turn and also lets me know where he wants me to go.
Morley: More precisely, the contact is fingertips to fingertips.
DT: You mean you wouldn't do an overhead handshake during the turn? (laughs)
Morley: No way, not if you want her shoulder to stay where it is. (laughs). ...If you hold her hand in a handshake hold, it would hurt her shoulder.
DT: Morley, you founded Janosik Polish Dance Ensemble about 30 years ago, and it is still going strong today. I am wondering about a connection, was polka born in Poland?
Morley: The polka is most commonly thought to have originated in Bohemia?
DT: Is that near Poland?
Morley: It is the Czech part of Czechoslovakia. There are many polkas done in Poland, but they don’t have this bounce, the bounce that we have in Polish-American polka.
DT: Is the word “polka” connected with “Polish”, do you know?
Morley: No, it has to do with the word for field, “pol”, and the “ka” at the end is like a term of endearment.
DT: Should we mention that you danced on TV when most programs were live? What happened when you made a mistake?
Morley: (laughs) It was transmitted. It wasn't live but whatever was recorded from 7 to 8 on Monday was shown on Thursday from 10 to 11. There was no editing.
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