Panama Fox Trot

{1921}



Introduction

The Panama Fox Trot is a fox trot sequence dance composed by Geo. Chester in 1921.

The sheet music heralded it as "The Fox Trot of the Year."



The Position

Closed position, Lead facing LOD.


The Dance

Part I - Side Twinkle (4 bars): Back the Follow one slow step (1), then step side toward outside wall (2), close (and), cross through (3), and point toe toward center without weight (4). Repeat (5, 6-and-7, 8).

Part II - Zig Zag, Chassé, and Dip (4 bars): Two-step diagonally forward to the left (1-and-2) and to the right (3-and-4), turning 1/4 to the right on the last step. Then chassé twice (side, close, side close) along LOD (5-and-6-and), step side along LOD (7), and cross through along LOD with a slight dip (8).

Part III - Half Turn and Point (4 bars): Half a turn of two-step (1-and-2), then point second foot along LOD (3) and hold (4). Repeat opposite, completing the turn (5-and-6, 7, 8).

Part IV - Zig Zag and Two-Step (4 bars): Two-step diagonally forward to the left (1-and-2) and to the right (3-and-4), turning 1/4 to the right on the last step, then dance a full turn of turning two-step (5-and-6, 7-and-8).

Repeat from the beginning.


The Music

"Panama Fox Trot" by Fredk. W. Phipp is the specified tune, but any square, early 20th century fox trot will do.


Sources


© 2019 Nick Enge


For more, including descriptions of 25 different waltzes and hundreds of variations thereof, see Waltzing: A Manual for Dancing and Living a book by Richard Powers and Nick Enge.


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