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The celebrated polka dance

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The celebrated polka dance
Brandard, John, 1812-1863 (Associated name)
Offenbach, Jacques, 1819-1880 (Composer)

Prints depicting dance


Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 1840 - 1849 (Questionable)
Place: Philadelphia
Place: New York
Publisher: A. Fiot ; W. Dubois
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZFD Pol 20
Polka (Dance)
Grisi, Carlotta, 1819-1899
Perrot, Jules, 1810-1892
Sheet music covers
Statement of responsibility: composed by J. Offenbach.
Caption title.
Biographical/historical: The couple at left has been identified with Jules Perrot and Carlotta Grisi, ballet dancers who performed a theatricalized version of the polka in a divertissement of the same title, first presented at the Théâtre de la Porte-Saint-Martin in Paris in March 1844. The image of the two dancers is based on a lithographed sheet music cover illustration signed by the British artist John Brandard, whose works portray many of the major dancers of the Romantic era.
Biographical/historical: The polka enjoyed enormous popularity both as a dance and a musical form. Although opinions about its origins differ, it is believed to have roots in Poland or Bohemia. It was brought to Prague in 1837 and made its way to Vienna, St. Petersburg, Paris, and London. Capitalizing on its growing popularity as a ballroom dance, Jules Perrot and Carlotta Grisi introduced it to the ballet stage in 1844. In the mid 1800s, it rivalled the waltz as a dance craze. It has survived into the twenty-first century, and until 2009 was included as a category in the Grammy Awards.
Physical Description
Extent: 1 print : etching, b&w ; 34 x 26 cm., plate mark 27 x 20 cm.
Sheet music cover illustration depicting two dancing couples in Polish folk costume.
Type of Resource
Still image
RLIN/OCLC: 818325659
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b19724457
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): a5b920e0-fd7f-0132-9852-58d385a7bbd0
Rights Statement
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Item timeline of events

  • 1812: Creator Born
  • 1840: Issued (Approximate)
  • 1863: Creator Died
  • 2019: Digitized
  • 2019: Found by you!
  • 2020

MLA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "The celebrated polka dance" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1840 - 1849. http://digital.gallery.nypl.org/items/c3a1dec0-0251-0133-c31f-58d385a7b928

Chicago/Turabian Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "The celebrated polka dance" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed September 18, 2019. http://digital.gallery.nypl.org/items/c3a1dec0-0251-0133-c31f-58d385a7b928

APA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. (1840 - 1849). The celebrated polka dance Retrieved from http://digital.gallery.nypl.org/items/c3a1dec0-0251-0133-c31f-58d385a7b928

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The celebrated polka dance