from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A ragtime dance marked by a springy walk with the feet well apart and a swinging up-and-down movement of the shoulders.

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  • n. A dance popular in the first two decades of the 20th century, consisting of exaggerated bird-like movements performed to fast-paced ragtime music.
  • v. To dance a turkey trot.


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  • The turkey trot was a dance made popular in the early 1900s. The Turkey Trot was done to fast ragtime music popular in the decade from 1900 to 1910 such as Scott Joplin's Maple Leaf Rag. It lost favor to the Foxtrot in 1914.

    The basic step consisted of four hopping steps sideways with the feet well apart, first on one leg, then the other with a characteristic rise on the ball of the foot, followed by a drop upon the heel. The dance was embellished with scissor-like flicks of the feet and fast trotting actions with abrupt stops.


    February 26, 2008