Foxtrot Learning Center
Foxtrot music is often suitable for swing dancing as well as for foxtrot dancing. Foxtrot uses a combination of slow steps, which use two beats of music, and quick steps, which use one beat of music. The footwork timing is usually called out as slow, quick, quick or slow, slow, quick, quick.
The foxtrot is typically danced to big band swing-style music written in 4/4 time. The music tempo is 120 to 136 beats per minute. Foxtrot music is often suitable for swing dancing as well as for foxtrot dancing.
Named after its inventor, entertainer Harry Fox, the foxtrot was first developed in the United States in the 1920’s. The foxtrot is often associated with the style of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. Behind the waltz, the foxtrot would become the second most popular ballroom dance in history. The Foxtrot was refined and further developed by the British to yield the version we dance today.
Tips & Info
Here are some "universal tips" for learning how to dance a partner dance such as foxtrot, swing, or waltz.
Many folks get frustrated if they can't dance competently immediately. Certainly individuals vary in dance aptitude, but all dancers must go through the awkward stages before they get to the polishedd stage.
Some of the basic steps:
Left rock turn
Promenade walk, combining figures 1-3
Underarm right turn
Promenade with underarm turn
Back rock turn
More advanced patterns:
Reverse (back) Twinkle
Promenade pivot turn from twinkle
Combination:crossing twinkle into pivot and back twinkle
Twist from forward or back twinkle
Open left box pattern
Combination: overturned spiral, check, reverse oversway