Foxtrot Defined

Foxtrot Defined

Date added to ADN: Tue, February 21, 2012
Originally Published: Sun, January 01, 2012
by The AccessDance Network (About the Author)

Much loved among many ballroom dancers, the Foxtrot is a dance that is smooth and it travels around the line of the dance. It is often deemed as the Rolls Royce of standard dances because of its smoothness.

Foxtrot originated in New York in 1914, named after a longtime star of the vaudeville named Harry Fox. It began in the Jardin de Danse located at the roof of the New York Theater. Harry Fox was performing trotting steps danced to ragtime music as part of his act. The people called his dance as the "Fox's Trot". A parallel account says that he married Yansci Dolly of the Dolly sisters and the two were seen doing an energetic dance between regular shows at the theater. The dance pleased the crowd and they called it "Fox Trot". The steps of the Foxtrot were standardized by the American Society of Professors of Dancing that same year. The dance however was introduced to the crowd by an established choreographer, Oscar Duryea. He deemed the trotting steps to be very tiring for the ladies so it was modified into a smooth glide or 'saunter'. This was an instant hit and the Foxtrot became the most important development in all of ballroom dancing.

The Foxtrot consists of simple walking steps and side steps. It combines slow steps and quick steps. The slow steps use two beats of music and the quick steps use one beat. During the slower counts, dancers take long steps and during the faster counts, they take short steps. The timing of the footwork is usually "slow, fast, fast" or "slow, slow, fast, fast." Foxtrot involves long walking movements with restrained rise and fall action. The Foxtrot is danced effortlessly, with no twisting of the body. They say that there is more variety in the Foxtrot than any other dance and is more difficult than other dance styles, so it is usually suggested to master Quickstep and Waltz first before attempting it.

The Foxtrot is said to be very versatile therefore it can be danced to a variety of musical styles and tempo. It is performed to music in 4/4time, accentuating the first and the third beats of each measure. The tempo is usually 29 to 34 measures per minute in competitions. Songs of popular artists like Frank Sinatra, Billie Holiday and Nat King Cole are suitable for dancing this beautiful dance.

A dance that evolved into a dance of social elegance, Foxtrot is indeed a dance worth learning and loving. It may be a dance that is quick to learn but hard to master, but worry not. We are here to help you attain that perfect glide, as you desire to be the best social dancer you'll ever be. Not only will you find grace in dancing, you'll definitely have fun. Learn Foxtrot dancing now!

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