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Basic Foxtrot Steps

Foxtrot Video Instructions

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The basic elements of Foxtrot are walking steps and side steps. The long walking movements also involve a rise & fall action, which is similar to Waltz, although more subtle. The basic box step is also similar to Waltz steps – the main difference being timing (Foxtrot is 4/4, Waltz is 3/4)

The basic rhythm of foxtrot is slow, slow, quick, quick. The slow steps use 2 beats of music and the quick steps use one.

Foxtrot is danced in a normal closed position, which means facing your partner and holding them close.

Instructions & Diagrams:

Stand upright with your feet together. Face each other, lady puts her right hand in his left. His right hand is on her left shoulder blade, her left hand is on his right arm.

Basic Steps - Gentleman

Basic foxtrot steps for men
  1. Step forward with your left foot (slow step)
  2. Step forward with your right foot (slow step)
  3. Sidestep to the left with your left foot (quick step)
  4. Move your right foot to your left foot (quick step)
  5. Step backward with your left foot (slow step)
  6. Step backward with your right foot (slow step)
  7. Sidestep to the left with your left foot (quick step)
  8. Move your right foot to your left foot (quick step)


Basic Steps – Lady

Foxtrot steps for the lady
  1. Step backward with your right foot (slow step)
  2. Step backward with your left foot (slow step)
  3. Sidestep to the right with your right foot (quick step)
  4. Move your left foot to your right foot (quick step)
  5. Step forward with your right foot (slow step)
  6. Step forward with your left foot (slow step)
  7. Sidestep to the right with your right foot (quick step)
  8. Move your left foot to your right foot (quick step)

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