Ballroom Trivia: Why is it Called The Fox Trot?

The foxtrot is one of our favorite dances to teach at Arthur Murray New Jersey. It is perfect for your first wedding dance, ballroom dancing, and social dancing at a nightclub. And while the name of the dance may be widely known, not everyone knows what the dance looks like or what it takes to dance it. So, let us introduce you to this romantic, versatile, and classic style of dance that is a favorite!

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What is the foxtrot?

Foxtrot lessons 3 (1)The foxtrot is an elegant partner dance which includes a combination of simple slow and quick steps. The basic components are walking steps and side steps. It is considered one of the most significant developments in all of ballroom dancing. The combination of quick and slow steps gives it more flexibility and variety than the one and two steps and makes it more fun to dance!

You can dance the foxtrot on a crowded dance floor, like at a wedding or nightclub, or dance a slower foxtrot in a larger ballroom, with longer, smooth gliding steps.

History of the Foxtrot

The foxtrot originated in 1914 by Vaudeville actor Arthur Carringford. Carringford went by the name of Harry Fox and danced at the New York Theatre. As Fox danced trotting steps one night to ragtime music, the foxtrot was born. Onlookers thought the dance was one of the most original and exciting of its time and referred to it as “Fox’s Trot.”

The Foxtrot Evolves

foxtrot lessons 1 (1)It wasn’t long before other dancers were trying to master this new and unusual movement of dance. Ballroom dancing was very popular during that time and the foxtrot quickly developed into a popular social dance. It’s a dance that is versatile and can fit many events and venues. Some say the foxtrot is one of the easier dances to pick up, but one of the harder ones to master. Either way, we can help with that!

Variations of the Foxtrot

Many dances have evolved from the foxtrot including the quickstep, which is a faster version of the foxtrot. Much like the original, dancers have smooth, elegant movements but at a quicker pace. Popular dances including the hustle and jitterbug have derived in part from the foxtrot. The dance has also inspired other animal named dances, including “The Pony” and “The Chicken.”

Time for your trot

The foxtrot is a favorite among ballroom dancers and is a dance you can use in many different occasions. Now, isn’t it time you learn this classic, elegant dance so you’re ready for any social occasion? Try a free lesson with us and find out why the foxtrot has has been called the Rolls Royce of ballroom dance.






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