He stops and she moves away...

...changes hands...

...they hop...

...he draws her to his...

right side.

DT: Monique and Morley, welcome back. We are starting section 2 with a short one?

Monique: Short but it sets up many other things, so it deserves separate attention.

Morley: In polka, it's called the domino position, and the video shows us going from closed dance position -- the usual dance position -- to domino position, or side by side.

DT: Well, it looks like there's a hand change in there.

Morley: That's right. The leader stops and extends his arm so she knows to back away from him, and while she is backing away the leader changes to a handshake [right-to-right] grip.

DT: And then?

Morley: I guide her back towards my right side and pick up her other hand.

DT: Monique, even with your back turned, you seemed to know this is what was being led. How did you know the lead was to the domino position?

Monique: If he had his hand higher I would think it was an underarm turn. But he has my hand only slightly above shoulder level and I can feel his forearm on my back, so I know it's a lead to domino position. It's unmistakable.

DT: For those who are starting with polka 2 and have not seen polka 1, would you describe the footwork that you are doing.

Monique: It's 3 steps per four counts with the option to add a hop just before the next 1 count. So, in simple form, it's step-step-step-hold. And if you add the hop it's step-step-step-hop, but the hop is not exactly on the 4th count, it's like on count 4 1/2, just before 1. In this video, I am adding the hop.

DT: How would you define "hop"?

Monique: Stepping again with the foot you previously stepped with. So for example, left-right-left-hop -- the hop would be with the left, --left-right-left-left.

DT: Morley, when would you hop or not hop?

Morley: It depends on a few things -- is there enough room, is the music fast enough... DT: ...If the music is not fast enough? Morley: Then you couldn't hop. Also, can the follower handle the hop, her ability that is.

DT: Does it confuse the footwork if you leave out the hop, or if one leaves it out and the other doesn't?

Morley: No, because either way, the next step is with the same foot. If she goes left-right-left-hopleft, her next step is right. If she leaves out the hop and goes left-right-left-hold, her next step is still with her right.

DT: It may go without saying -- but only if you already know it -- that the stepping rhythm remains a constant underneath all the figures you do. Is that correct?

Morley: Yes. Either of us can go any which way and the foot timing will remain the same. Most dances have a rhythm for the feet -- cha cha has step-step-chachacha or swing has side-side-backstep, etc.. A notable exception is Argentine tango which has no defined rhythm pattern that I am aware of.

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