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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, December 15, 1914, LAST EDITION, Image 14

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From South America comes v the
latest addition to the, new dances, the
Brazilian polka, whicEMsn't even re
motely related to the tango, even
though it does come across the South
American border. -
Miss Edna Neil, a pupil of Pavlowit,
for two years a member of the Im
perial Russian Ballet, studied the
Brazilian polka in London last sum
mer and it is one of the several new
dances she is teaching Day Book
readers.
FAD OF THE HOUR BRAZILIAN POLKA HERE
IT COMES WITH A SKIP AND A DIP
Instead of skating step the lady and
gentleman both slide to the left, de
scribing a circle. First the gentle
man extends the left arm with the
lady's right jhand on his left then
he extends the right arm the same
way. Now they continue the slide
step with first the left and then the
right arm extended.
Now thelady gets into position for
the cortez' step, by turning several
times under the gentleman's hands,
as Jn Fig. 3 and stopping when facing
Qie gentleman.
First the lady steps 'back on her
left foot on the first count, on the sec
ond count she points her right foot
backward, which she holds for two
counts and then brings the right foot
forward on the fifth' count, at the
same time raising the left foot high in
back.
.Now-tfie double cortez step is done.
The lady takes her position by mak
ing -a half turn, placing her right
hand in the gentleman's right hand
as he puts it around her waist.
Both start with the right "foot just
off the floor then put right foot for
ward three counts and left.foot back
three counts, raising the right foot
each time that they come back.
Now the lady and gentleman go
forward, facing each other starting
with the gentleman's right the
lady's leftyrwalk one two and on
the third c'ounCdraw jthe foot up in a
sliglit kick continue this step in a
circle.
To close the- dance repeat the first
skating step."
BY MISS EDNA NEIL
Formerly with Pavlowa and Mordkin
in the Imperial Russian Ballet
The Brazilian polka opens with the
skating step. The gentleman and
lady face the same way as in Fig. I.J
Gentleman's right arm around the
lady. Lady's right hand resting on
gentleman's right Gentleman's left
arm extended. Lady's left arm ex
tended her hand resting on gentle
man's left hand.
The skating step is really a two
step with a dip Jn back. Or gentleman
slide left draw right up to left
slide left again and bend while draw
ing the right foot up the second time.
This is done first with left and then
with the right foot.
The count in this figure is 1, 2, 3
or left, right, left with a slight dip
on the third count
The dip Is what gives the skating
step the effect of skating and should
be done very smoothly.
Now thelgentleman steps directly,
in back of lady as in Fig, 2 and con
tinue the skating step except' that
the lady and gentleman both raise
their right'foot on the third count and
both dip with the left foot each time
instead of alternating first with the
right and then with the left
The third position is the same as
the second. Only the step is changed. J
On the opposite page. Miss Neil and
Paul Armand are illustrating the Bra
zilian Polka for The Day Sook Read
ers. The large picturehows the.op
enjng figure of th dance; the "skat
ing step" is shown in the upper left
picture. The lower picture shows the
,4whjrl," one of the prettiest move
ments in the dance.
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