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Wisconsin Symbols, Dance: Polka
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Adopted in 1993.
The newest state symbol was created when 1993 Wisconsin Act 411 amended Section 1.10 of the statutes to name the polka as the state dance. The bill was introduced at the request of a second grade class from Charles Lindbergh Elementary School in Madison and supported by several groups, including the Wisconsin Polka Boosters, Inc., and the Wisconsin Folk Museum. Supporters documented the polka heritage of Wisconsin and provided evidence that the polka is deeply ingrained in Wisconsin cultural traditions.
The state dance was recommended by a group of second graders in Madison and was supported by several other groups. It was chosen for the polka heritage in Wisconsin and its cultural value.
For those who simply must know why the polka was recently given official status over the Chicken Dance, the Twist or the Hokie Pokie, and the cloggers, waltzers and Irish jiggers still aren't happy. The request for a state dance was by a second grade class from Charles Lindbergh Elementary School in Madison. Many groups supported making the Polka the state dance. Wisconsin has a polka heritage and is in many Wisconsin cultural traditions.
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