Foxtrot steps

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.

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 Basic forward

Man's foot position

Foxtrot Basic forward step
Foxtrot Basic forward dance step

Start facing line of dance
Rhythm - Slow, slow, quick, quick

Foxtrot Basic backward

Man's foot position

Start position

Foxtrot basic backward step
Foxtrot basic backward step

Rhythm - Slow, slow, quick, quick

Foxtrot Rock Left Turn

Man's foot position

Foxtrot Rock left turn
Foxtrot Rock left turn

Rhythm - Slow, slow, quick, quick

Foxtrot Forward progressive

Man's foot position

Foxtrot forward progressive step
Foxtrot forward progressive step

Start
Rhythm - Slow, slow, quick, quick

Foxtrot Promenade Step

Man's and lady's foot position

Foxtrot promenade steps
Foxtrot promenade steps

Start
Rhythm - Slow, slow, quick, quick
 

See also: Foxtrot steps 2, History of Foxtrot, Foxtrot syllabus, Dance Steps.

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