Foxtrot is a smooth dance, traveling around the line of dance. The long walking movements involve a subtle rise & fall action. Turning movements are similar to Waltz, but with a more moderate rise and fall, and more length-wise action.
International Foxtrot syllabus has only closed dance position but in American Foxtrot, both open and closed dance positions are allowed. The Foxtrot originally started with slow and quick steps but soon evolved to include twinkles and chasses.
The Foxtrot is danced to music written in 4/4 time with the first and third beats of each measure more heavily accented. It is danced in combinations of slow and quick steps, with each slow step taking two beats and each quick step one beat of music. Therefore, a dance basic figure in slow, slow, quick, quick rhythm takes one and a half measures, while a dance figure in slow, quick, quick rhythm takes one measure.
There are 3 kinds of Foxtrot – social or rhythm foxtrot which is the easiest for beginners (SSQQ), International style Slow Foxtrot, and American style Foxtrot. The latter two are more complicated dances and the step patterns have many different rhythms, not just SQQ, or SSQQ, or QQS, etc.
Foxtrot is extremely versatile and can be danced to a variety of musical styles and tempi. In competitions, however, it is danced to music at a tempo of 29 to 34 measure per minute depending on the level.
Foxtrot is a ballroom dance that was popularized by actor Harry Fox. Foxtrot was originally performed to big band music. However, after the release of the song “Rock Around the Clock” during the 1950s, foxtrot became synonymous with rock and roll music. In the years that followed, it was split into two forms, namely, the slow foxtrot, which is now referred to as foxtrot, and the fast foxtrot, which is now called quickstep.
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4 beats in each bar (measure)
Slow, Slow, Quick, Quick
28-30 beats per minute
Dance Moves for Foxtrot
°Backward Changes Outside Partner
°Forward Changes Outside Partner
°Hesitation Left Turn
°Hesitation Right Turn
°Left Box (Reverse) Turn
°Progressive Quarter Turns
°Progressive Quarter Turns to Right
°Promenade Twist Turn
°Promenade with Underarm Turn to Left
°Promenade with Underarm Turn to Right
°Right Box (Natural) Turn
°Right Pivot Turn