The Foxtrot was born in New York City, 1914, by Vaudeville actor Harry Fox. Through alternating between slow and quick steps, dancers rise up and down on their feet, giving them the appearance that they are effortlessly gliding across the floor.
From a 'traveling' form, to one 'on-the-spot' the Foxtrot has been adapted to suit many dancers and dancing occasions, making it the most significant development in all of ballroom dancing.
Written in 4/4 time. Should be played at a tempo of 34-36 measures per minute.
The Benefits of Foxtrot
Increase Your Balance: while taking long strides across the floor, foxtrot dancers learn to keep their body centred while moving.
Develop Your Partnered Dance Skills: as a partnered dance, the foxtrot teaches individuals how to comfortably move and dance with another person.
Improve Your Memory: the foxtrot requires a heavy amount of footwork. Memorizing the steps works to exercise the mind and improve it’s ability to remember information.