If you enjoy dancing, watching others dance, or even just listening to the sounds of Old-Time Ballroom Music such as Polka, Waltz, Schottische, Line Dance, Hokey Pokey, Bird Dance, Flying Dutchman, etc; you owe it to yourself to become a member of the Polka Club of Iowa.
The Polka Club of Iowa, Inc, consists of The State Organization with 3 chapters, Cedar Valley Chapter (Waterloo area),Central Chapter (Des Moines area) and Eastern Chapter (Davenport area). In addition to polkas; The Polka Club of Iowa members dance to waltz, fox trot, schottische, line dances, novelty dances and much more.
Polka Club of Iowa members may also subscribe to the Polka Club of Iowa Newsletters which is published every other month. Besides information on chapter events and activities, the newsletter list dance opportunities not only in Iowa but also across the country. If you like dancing, watching others dance, or even just listening to the sounds of old time, you owe it to yourself to become a member. Current members are glad to teach dance steps; and dancers of all skills are invited to attend dances located at ballrooms across the state of Iowa.
The State has 3 meetings a year. The Annual Meeting is held either the last Sunday of April or the first Sunday of May, which where is the closest Sunday to the first of May; the first Sunday of August and the first Sunday of November. Each chapter has a schedule of when they will be hosting a State Meeting and Dance and they will find a hall and hire a band for the dance, following the meeting.
INFORMATION & SHORT HISTORY
The Polka Club of Iowa was formed in 1975 as an educational and social organization for the preservation and advancement of old time music when accordionist Duane Pichelman organized a group of dancers who shared his love of Austrian/German-style happy music. The first meeting was held in the Duane Pichelman home near Ankeny, Iowa, on April 18, 1975. The Polka Club of Iowa has grown, and now consists of three chapters with about 600 enthusiastic members. The goal of the Polka Club of Iowa is to encourage and pursue the study of old time music, including polka and related traditional music. We support and assist Iowa communities in charitable and civic projects. Each year the Governor of Iowa signs a proclamation declaring January as Polka Month in the State of Iowa.
IOWA POLKA MUSIC HALL OF FAME
The Polka Club of Iowa, Inc. is responsible for the administration and operation of the Iowa Polka Music Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame ceremony honors deserving Iowans who have made outstanding contributions to the advancement and promotion of old time music. Pictures of the winners of the Iowa Polka Music Hall of Fame, along with the picture of the founder of the Club, Duane Pichelman, are displayed in the Hessen Haus German-Style restaurant that’s located just across the railroad tracks north of the Science Center in Des Moines.