Like many North West dances, the Polka Dance has a “figure and chorus” format.
The chorus is a "Step Up and Polka" movement - just walking steps and polkas finishing feet together. In fact this "feet together" is a feature of the dance and gives the dance its characteristic feel.
The figures are very basic: Cross Over, Corners Cross, Down the Middle, Outsides, Hands Across and Polka on the Spot. At the end of the first set of figures first and second couples are in reversed positions. These figures are repeated to bring the dancers back into their original position in the set for the final 3 figures. This change of position has become a feature of many of Rumworth's own dances.