It was named after a police lieutenant, a William Frank Peabody, an active dancer. The dance was characteristic of its prevalent use of the Right Outside Partner position. This peculiarity is explained by the fact that Lt. Peabody was a man of considerable girth, so that for the freedom of movement he had to keep the lady to the side, rather than in front.
A feature of the 1977 film Roseland called The Peabody is based on this dance.
- Richard M. Stephenson, Complete Book of Ballroom Dancing (1992) ISBN 0-385-42416-7, Chapter "History of Ballroom Dancing", section"Peabody"
- "Simply ballroom. Volume 2", a 1994 compilation of dance music
- "Peabody" at Dance History Archives
- Research Video Volume I: 1900-1930's (b/w), by Dancetime Publications, contains a film clip of The DeMarcos  doing a Peabody dance; from Universal Newsreels; Library of Congress,
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