Above are Chad Stall, studio owner and Anne Gray, our amazing Dance Director performing a Foxtrot.  Ready to learn?  Click me.

Ballroom Dance lessons in Durham?  Foxtrot?

The Foxtrot remains one of America’s most beloved dances. Artists such as Michael Bublé keep this style of dance very popular.  If you enjoy lounge music, jazz, The Rat Pack, and other artists similar …… let’s not forget the legend …. Frank Sinatra, then you will love knowing this dance.  In addition to Foxtrot, you might also enjoy Swing, Waltz, and Rumba.

When would you dance the Foxtrot?

This dance would be enjoyed in any formal situation with music, when attending weddings, getting married, taking a cruise, or just going to your local open mic night.  This is one dance you probably want in your back pocket for most dance situations. Most of all, we make learning this dance super fun and super easy.

History of the Foxtrot

Legend has it, a vaudeville star named Harry Fox invented it while performing in between movie showings at the New York Theatre. The story goes that Fox had initially developed a series of trotting steps to ragtime music that proved enormously popular to the movie-going audiences, and eventually Arthur Murray and a handful of other dance instructors standardized the steps into a recognized dance style.

As anyone who has seen a Foxtrot performed will note the dance looks less like a trot and more like a smooth glide. In fact, not too long after its creation, choreographers realized that the original Foxtrot would prove too tiresome to perform for long, so they developed a slower and more fluid style that suited dancers better and which could be done even in small spaces. While the “trot” lost momentum, the current styling remains extremely popular socially and as a competitive dance.  The modern version retains much of its ancestral characteristics, however, not just in name but also in the use of 4/4 time and its reputation for being a casual yet intricate social dance that we make easy to learn.  Today, it remains one of the most endeared dances in the world, especially in the United States.

Compare these Foxtrot Dance Songs

“Singin’ in the Rain” – Gene Kelly
“You Make Me Feel So Young” – Rosemary Clooney
“Summertime” – Ray Conniff
“More” – Nat King Cole
“The Girl from Ipanema” – Astrid Gilberto
“Cheek to Cheek” – Fred Astaire

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Foxtrot in noteworthy Movies

“Top Hat” (1935)
“The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle” (1939)
“The Wedding Planner” (2001)
“Mad Hot Ballroom” (2005)