The Pericon, as demonstrated by Maurice and Florence Walton in 1914

Maurice and Florence Walton demonstrated the novelty dance “The Pericon” for the Omaha Daily Bee on October 28, 1914:

Omaha daily bee., October 28, 1914, Page 9, Image 9

Omaha daily bee., October 28, 1914, Page 9, Image 9

The article credits the dancers as “originally responsible for the dance mania in America.”  Mr. Mouvet, who appears throughout the article simply as “Maurice,” claims to have invented a new dance called the Pericon, described in the article as a “novelty.”

Ms. Walton describes the dance as a mixture of schottische, tango and Russian steps.  According to Ms. Walton, the dance progresses thusly:

  1. 8 forward running steps
  2. 4 heel taps
  3. 4 glide steps
  4. A break into a tango movement

Ms. Walton states that the dance is done to schottische music.

Sadly, the article does not further describe the “tango movement” referenced, although it does provide a picture of Mr. Mouvet and Ms. Walton in the first pose of the dance.  The subtitle for the picture, in which Ms. Walton stands with her back to Mr. Mouvet, arms outstretched almost as though they are about to Maxixe, states that the start of the dance involves 4 steps. This does not mesh with the 8 steps specified within the body of the article.

The article was written by Maud Miller, and provided by Chronicling America.  The featured image was taken by Bassano Ltd on September 17, 1912, and made available by the National Portrait Gallery for non-commercial use.

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