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Learn How To Foxtrot
Foxtrot includes basic elements found in most other dances, so when you learn it you acquire a good foundation to learn other popular dance forms. Definitely a great dance for beginners.
It's named after its originator, Harry Fox, who was a Vaudeville performer in New York in the 1910s. Because he was having a hard time finding female dancers capable of performing the difficult two-step, he added trotting steps to ragtime music. People soon referred to his dance as Fox's Trot.
Foxtrot uses a slow, slow, quick, quick rhythmic pattern. The slow steps use 2 beats and the quick steps use one beat of music. The music is played in 4/4 timing.
Foxtrot is highly versatile and can be danced to a variety of musical styles and tempos. From slow and romantic to quick and jazzy. Popular vocalists for Foxtrot include Frank Sinatra, Bobby Darin, Billie Holiday, Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Dinah Shore, and many, many more.