Skaters, get your lederhosen out of mothballs. The Yankee Polka is coming.
Ice dance coaches at the 2012 European Figure Skating Championships in Sheffield, England, confirm that next season's senior short dance will include sequences of the Yankee Polka. The junior short dance will include sequences from the Blues.
Most pattern (compulsory) dances are British or Russian in origin, but as its name implies, the Yankee Polka is a strictly American invention, created in 1969 by five-time U.S. ice dance champions and world silver medalists Judy Schwomeyer and James Sladky and their coach, Ron Ludington. The Yankee Polka demands good attack, deep edges and a light touch, all executed with extreme joy and perky precision.