Dutch Quirk #51: Dance the Polonaise at parties

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The Dutch are certainly no strangers to a good party. Take Amsterdam, for example, a hub for the occasional recreational drug on a long weekend

We understand that’s not everyone’s cup of tea, so if you’d rather not spend 15 hours at a dingy and dirty club in Amsterdam, we suggest you take up the Polonaise. 🕺

What is it?

The Polonaise (meaning “the walking dance”) is one of Poland’s five national dances, featuring a rhythm in triple time, similar to formal dance styles such as the minuet and the waltz.

The Dutch happily adopted this popular dance, and truly made it their own — as you can see in the video below. 👇

As for how you dance the Polonaise, well, it’s simple! All you have to do is form a line with your hands placed on the shoulders of the person in front of you and walk around in a circle.

More popularly known as… the conga line! 💃

Why do they do it?

We’re not entirely sure why they do it, considering Dutchies’ standoffish nature. Perhaps they may need a shoulder to lean on every now and then? 🤷‍♂️

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However, if Dutchies know how to do one thing best, it’s to party. 🎉

(That much is obvious by the infinite amount of political parties they have in such a small country. 🤨)

Why is it quirky? 

Because it’s a moment for the otherwise cool, calm, and collected Dutch population to let their gelled hair down and get rowdy on the dance floor. 

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Well, rowdy for them, at least, seeing as it may be one of the only times that the Dutch form an orderly queue (that isn’t at Schiphol, of course). 😉

Should you join in? 

Ja! Pop on your clogs and hop on the heels of the person in front of you to parade around the room while singing some hilarious Dutch tunes.

You could even take yourself down to your local music van man, if you’d like to practice your groovy moves with a stranger

What do you think of this Dutch quirk? Have you experienced it? Tell us in the comments below!

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Eva Gabriella
Eva Gabriella
After calling Malaysia her home for 19 years, Eva moved to Amsterdam to study literary and cultural analysis. Well, that was the academic theory — in reality it was more like “cultural shock.” Eva’s mastery of life in the Netherlands involved initiation into the richness of nocturnal hangouts, canals, cuisine, and upright and forthright cyclists (who she now rings her bell back at.) When she is not speeding her way through books, she is winding and weaving down endless straatjes, often finding herself, not so quite by chance, in a gezellig music bar!


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