Plazza Trot



The Plazza Trot is a fox trot sequence dance composed by J. Warren in 1920.

It was a prize dance of the National Association of Teachers of Dancing in the same year.

Part I is the same as Part I of the earlier Lulu Fox Trot (1917), while Part II predates Arthur Murray's later Cut Step (1922).

The Position

Closed position, Lead facing LOD.

The Dance

Part I - Back the Follow (4 bars): Back the Follow SSQQS on first foot (1, 2, 3-and-4), then SSQQS on second foot (5, 6, 7-and-8).

Part II - Cut Step (4 bars): Back the Follow three slow steps (1, 2, 3), then Lead closes right foot behind left as Follow closes left foot in front of right (4). Repeat (5, 6, 7, 8).

Part III - Walk and Heel/Toe (4 bars): Back the Follow two steps (1, 2), then point Lead's left heel (Follow's right toe) along LOD without weight (3), back the Lead one step on that foot (and), and point Lead's right heel (Follow's left toe) along LOD without weight (4), then step on it (and). Repeat, turning 1/4 to the right into promenade position on the last step (5, 6, 7-and-8-and).

Part IV - Pivot and Hesitate (4 bars): Promenade two steps along LOD (1, 2), then pivot 3/4 to the right turn along LOD, lead backing, then Follow backing (3, 4), ending with Follow backing. Then back the Follow two steps along LOD (5, 6), and back the Lead two steps against LOD (7, 8).

Repeat from the beginning.

The Music

"Plazza Trot" by R. Penso is the specified tune, but it doesn't appear to have been recorded, so any square, early 20th century fox trot will do.


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For more dance descriptions, see our three books on dancing:
The Book of Mixers: 100 Easy-Teach Dances for Getting Acquainted (2022) by Richard Powers and Nick & Melissa Enge,
Cross-Step Waltz: A Dancer's Guide (2019) by Richard Powers and Nick & Melissa Enge, and
Waltzing: A Manual for Dancing and Living (2013) by Richard Powers and Nick Enge.

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