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(Cross Polka) Arnreit, Mühlviertel Upper Austria


Two concentric circles, men inside facing partners; no hold


Two step polka (Zweischrittdreher), chassays


Bar 1 - 2: The boy turns once ccw with three steps beginning left, until he faces partner again and tips with right foot across left foot whereas his partner does the same vice versa.

Bar 3 - 4: Same in reverse

Bar 5 - 6: One chassay in ballroom direction and one back again, whereas the steps are used to reduce the distance between partners, ending in ballroom hold.

Bar 7 – 8: Two step polka (two turns with 4 steps)

This is repeated until the music stops playing.


Bar 7-8: For beginners it is recommended to do only one turn with 4 steps.


  • R.Zoder, Österr.Volkstänze, 2.Teil, Nr.14
  • Translated by Sissy Banner, Amstetten, NÖ., Austria

The above given description was noted in the Mühlviertel of Upper Austria, nowadays used as the basic form all over Austria. Many variations exist all over German speaking countries.


Here is a MP3.


Also see

Ramsauer Kreuzpolka

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