The polka is a rousing dance form that is still popular in many parts of the world. It embodies cheerful mood, fun and community and is often associated with traditional festivals and celebrations. It originated in Bohemia in the early 19th century and quickly became a popular dance in Europe and later in North America. The polka is considered one of the precursors of modern ballroom dancing.
The polka enjoyed great popularity in the 19th century and quickly spread beyond Europe. It was also taken up by composers such as Johann Strauss Sohn and Bedřich Smetana. To this day, the polka is performed in many countries at folk festivals, music festivals and dance events. It had a great influence on the dance and music scene, influencing other dance styles such as the polonaise, the waltz and the foxtrot. It is also present in popular culture and has been used in movies, musicals and television shows.
The fact that the polka can also have a romantic side is proven by the four new polkas published by Steer. The publishing house is based in Murrhardt, a small town in the Rems-Murr district, about 40 km northeast of Stuttgart in the Swabian-Franconian Forest, a romantic region to which these four romantic polkas fit perfectly.