American golfers doing Hokey Pokey on the sandy beach, Coolangatta, Gold Coast, 1953 | Photo: State Library of Queensland
Ballroom dancing’s lowest common denominator: the Hokey Pokey. Everybody knows it, everybody can do it. And that makes it the germ cell of such amusements as the polonaise and the chicken dance. A choreographic reflection by Rica Blunck, with musical support from the Chor der Kulturen der Welt, under the direction of Barbara Morgenstern.