The Kitty-Trot: A Dance Sensation: 1919

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Kitty-Trot’s Going to oust Tank Tango

But It’s a Dance for the Nimble-Footed.

Eileen Cotty’s Pet Kitten Gave Her Idea for New Step That She’s Going to Turn Into Dance for Ballroom.

Watching the antics of her little tortoise-shell pet kitten, playing with a ball of wool, Eileen Cotty of New York, solo dancer in “Good Morning, Judge,” conceived the idea for the steps in her new dance, which she calls the “Kitty Trot.” So amusing and yet graceful are the movements in this dance that Miss Cotty has been asked to develop the “Kitty Trot” into something suitable for the ball room.

When Miss Cotty is ready to spring this novelty on a dance-mad New York it is predicted that it will sweep the “Prohibition Jag,” the “Chateau Thierry Crawl,” and the “Tank Tango,” the present favourites, completely off the bees-waxed floors.

However, Miss Cotty issues a warning. The “Kitty Trot,” she says, will be no light terpsichorean trifle for the tired and elephantine. It will be suitable only for the nimble-toed and for those whose waistline hinges still function.

Jackson [MI] Citizen Patriot 15 June 1919: p. 24

Mrs Daffodil’s Aide-memoire: Mrs Daffodil is unacquainted with the “Prohibition Jag,” the “Chateau Thierry Crawl,” and the “Tank Tango,” but she has no doubt that they are dances of a Certain Character as evidenced by the article below, which speaks of banning them. Mrs Daffodil understands that Flaming Youth has a compulsion to make itself offensive, but suggests that naming a dance for a battlefield where the valiant United States Marines suffered the highest number of casualties in their history during the capture of Belleau Wood, and for a stiff-necked Hun general (and a later zeppelin disaster), was not, perhaps, the most sympathetic choice. Mrs Daffodil would be fascinated to know if the Kitty Trot actually required a ball of wool.


Tank Tango, Chateau Thierry Crawl and Hindenburg Hindies Are Barred at Lumina

Wilmington, June 8. Persons who have acquired a liking for the shimmery shim and shivery shiver, the tank tango, Chateau Thierry crawl and the Hindenburg hindies, cannot dance on the floor of Lumina at Wrightsville Beach. The city fathers hath ordered and it is so decreed that none but respectable fantastic toes can be cut. Announcement is made at the very beginning of the seasons so that embarrassment may be saved anybody who attempts the new-fangled dances. Ejectment will be instant, it is said. Greensboro [NC] Daily News 9 June 1919: p. 3

Mrs Daffodil invites you to join her on the curiously named “Face-book,” where you will find a feast of fashion hints, fads and fancies, and historical anecdotes

You may read about a sentimental succubus, a vengeful seamstress’s ghost, Victorian mourning gone horribly wrong, and, of course, Mrs Daffodil’s efficient tidying up after a distasteful decapitation in A Spot of Bother: Four Macabre Tales.


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