How did polka dots get their name?

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You’re probably familiar with polka dots – a common pattern of dots repeated in a consistent way. You might also be familiar with the polka – a dance that requires a special series of small, short hops and steps. 

Believe it or not, most people believe that polka dots got their name from the polka dance! 

The polka dance was very popular in the 1800’s and because it was so well-liked, many people tried to name their products after it! While other polka-products didn’t last (most likely either taking on new names or disappearing altogether as the dance’s popularity declined), polka dots kept their special name and are still around today! – Neat!! 

by   (whyzz writer)
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    Do you know how to dance the polka? 

    Find out if anyone you know can dance the polka, and have him or her teach you the steps! Or, ask a grown-up to help you look up some tips on learning the steps and then look together for some music to practice with!
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