Foxtrot Dancing

Below is a smaller excerpt of this dance description from What Dance Are You?

What Dance Are You? Written by Kris Stinson
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Loyalty, Faithfulness and Companionship.

Much like Waltz dancing, in the Foxtrot we see an elegant theme of companionship. Dancers move gracefully in a close embrace, reminiscent of a couple in a committed relationship. Although the Foxtrot can be danced to many genres of music, it is excellently suited for fans of “Crooner-Jazz,” like Frank Sinatra or Michael Bublé.

With a dance as relaxed and elegant as the Foxtrot, it’s hard to imagine how it received its name, because it doesn’t appear to have anything to do with foxes or “trotting.” In truth, the Foxtrot was named after the infamous vaudeville dancer/actor/comedian Harry Fox who originated the dance.

The Foxtrot is part of both the International Standard group of ballroom dances and the American Smooth group of ballroom dances. In the International Standard, we see dancers remaining in their close embrace for the entirety of the dance. The American style was tremendously influenced by legendary dancer Fred Astaire and includes open movements and turns that allow for much more creative choreography.

If you wish to learn the Foxtrot, seek out your local ballroom dance studios. Experiencing these dances socially (away from your local ballroom dance studios) on a regular basis will likely be a challenge.



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