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The bishops issued a statement on the evils of dancing, which was read at Masses in the late 1920s. Then the clergy joined up with the government and police—who were no fans of informal late-night dance parties involving alcohol either—and in 1936 the Irish government passed the Public Halls Dance Act, which made it illegal to hold a dance without first obtaining a permit. Because nearly all house and crossroads dances were held by poor rural people, the act in effect killed the tradition of these dances, which were regularly raided by the police.

They kick up first one leg, then the other as they come out of each squat, often ending the series of squats with a high leap in which both knees bend as the heels fly up behind. The men continue alternating their walking and singing with their acrobatic interludes—which may also include passing the hatchets under their knees or tossing them between each other. The dance ends the way it began, the men in a straight line, finishing their song while hitting the hatchets together. From the Fields to the Palaces and Back 55 and centralized government.

Dancing the mazur and singing the songs that accompanied it became a symbol of Polish pride and nationalism. When the legion was stationed in Italy with Napoleon’s troops in 1797, they needed a marching song. ” The song, which became known as “Dabrowski’s Mazurka,” caught on and continued to be sung by the Polish people throughout their 123-year struggle for independence until, in 1926, it finally became Poland’s national anthem. The mazur is now one of Poland’s five national dances. the KujawIaK Another dance that surged in popularity during this time, though similar to the mazur in musical structure, was more concerned with romance than with patriotism.

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